Will, the oldest son, although he was twenty-eight, was the greatest "home boy" of them all.
A home boy succeeded in getting a patent on an improved table.
Maria, I hate to have him in that comfortless hotel; he was always such a home boy.
He was well dressed and intelligent, and suggested to Ralph the average college or home boy.
"person from one's hometown," 1940s, American English, black slang, also originally with overtones of "simpleton." With many variants (cf. homebuddy, homeslice, both 1980s, with meaning shading toward "good friend"). The word had been used by Ruskin (1886) with the sense "stay-at-home male," and it was Canadian slang for "boy brought up in an orphanage or other institution" (1913).