This template will no longer automatically categorize articles as candidates to move to Wiktionary. A boyfriend is a male friend or acquaintance , often specifying a regular male companion with whom a person is romantically or sexually involved. This is normally a short-term committed relationship, where other titles e. Partners in committed non-marital relationships are also sometimes described as a significant other or partner ,  especially if the individuals are cohabiting. A study of people ages 21 to 35 who were either living with or had lived with a romantic partner notes that the lack of proper terms often leads to awkward situations, such as someone upset over not being introduced in social situations to avoid the question.
It can feel very easy to pick out toxic relationships from the outside. When your BFF's boyfriend isn't treating her well, you're all over her case to end it. Or, when a celebrity's significant other cheats on them , you let your opinion be known on Twitter. The same might not go when you're in a toxic relationship, though. Yes, there are some red flags that really can't be ignored.
Whether it's a new boyfriend who seems like he's bad news or a friend who sets off that little warning light in your brain, deciding how to handle these kinds of situations is one of the biggest struggles I've heard moms talk about. On the one hand, because you're such a protective and loving mom, you probably want to barricade the front door and not let that person within 10 feet of your precious girl believe me, when I've heard girls in workshops talk about bad news boyfriends or mean friends, I've felt the exact same way! But at the same time, you don't want to go too far and drive a wedge between the two of you. So how do you find the right balance?