Q: Is a boy a young male human? ¶
A: Yes, and usually a child or adolescent.
Q: Were boys boys between 8 and 12 years old who worked as coal breakers in U.S? ¶
A: Yes, coal mines.
Q: Is a boy slang for an airman? ¶
Q: Is a boy primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions? ¶
A: Yes, and cultural gender role distinctions or both.
Q: Is a boy a rank in restaurants etc? ¶
Q: Is a boy used with a possessive as meaning friend? ¶
A: Yes, and presumably as a reduction of homeboy, originally a male from the same area.
Q: Are boys mainly the result of inborn differences or of socialization? ¶
Q: Is a boy frequently used? ¶
A: Yes, as such or in compound terms, often 'emancipated' from the age notion as such.
Q: Was a boy originally a ship's bell-ringer? ¶
A: Yes, and later a hotel page.
Q: Is a boy a minor in naval training? ¶
A: Yes, boy seaman refers to specific, low-paid apprentice ranks, notably in the Royal Navy; until the middle of the twentieth century, they were the only Navy staff subject to physical punishment, usually spanking, traditionally administered on the bare bottom , either formally or, more often but less severely, summary; the same was true of a midshipman, also a minor, but indicated with "-man" rather than "-boy", possibly reflecting their higher status as future naval officers.
Q: Is a boy used merely to designate the age of the person? ¶
A: Yes, and irrespective of the function, as in altar boy, a minor acting as liturgical acolyte, or in Boy Scouts, an organisation specifically for boys.