attaboy

See also: atta boy

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Variant pronunciation of "That's the boy!", a cry of encouragement, especially to children and pet dogs.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈætəˌbɔɪ/
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InterjectionEdit

attaboy

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to show encouragement or approval to a boy, man, or male animal.
    Attaboy! That's the way to hit a home run!

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NounEdit

attaboy (plural attaboys)

  1. A cry of "attaboy"; an accolade.
    • 2007 June 30, David M. Halbfinger, “How a Fan of Comic Books Transformed Himself Into a Hollywood Player”, in New York Times[1]:
      LOS ANGELES, June 29 — Drink in hand, attaboys coming at him from every direction, Tom DeSanto was living the fanboy dream.

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