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good old boy

noun, Informal.
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.
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
First recorded in 1970-75
Related forms
good old boyism, noun Unabridged
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good ol' boy

noun (US, informal)
  1. a man considered as being trustworthy and dependable because of his ordinary and down-to-earth background and upbringing
  2. (as modifier): he was expected to bring some good-ol'-boy informality to the White House
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good old boy


: 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.
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