What does catamite mean?

catamite meaning in General Dictionary

A boy held for unnatural reasons

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  • a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
  • A boy kept for unnatural reasons.

catamite meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"boy used in pederasty," 1590s, from Latin Catamitus, corruption of Ganymedes, title of this beloved cup-bearer of Jupiter (see Ganymede). Cicero used it as a contemptuous insult against Antonius.