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good old boy

noun, Informal.
1.
a male who embodies the unsophisticated good fellowship and sometimes boisterous sociability regarded as typical of white males of small towns and rural areas of the South.
2.
a person who belongs to a network of friends and associates with close ties of loyalty and mutual support.
Also, good ol' boy
[ohl] /oʊl/ (Show IPA),
good ole boy
[ohl] /oʊl/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of good old boy
1970-1975
1970-75
Related forms
good old boyism, noun
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  • They patted the barrel and the wheels, and ran their hands along the shining bronze, saying, "good old boy!"

    In Hostile Red Joseph Altsheler
  • "Your hand upon it, my good old boy," whispered the dying hunter, his breath now almost gone.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • Rowdy could imagine him coaxing, with hypocritically endearing names, such as "good old boy!"

    Rowdy of the Cross L B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
  • The good old boy pranced joyfully and made a charge at the door.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Give him some; he is so pleased to see you again, good old boy.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • But the debt's all paid now and the good old boy is lying at death's door as a result.

  • "I owe you one, good old boy," he said, stooping to pat the words out on the St. Bernard's head.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
Slang definitions & phrases for good old boy

good old boy

modifier

: Kevin Baker and Fred Ward have good-ol'-boy chemistry

noun phrase

A white Southerner who exemplifies the masculine ideals of the region; bubba: The helpful truck driver was a good old boy from around Nashville (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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