Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for good old boy
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Give him some; he is so pleased to see you again, good old boy.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • They patted the barrel and the wheels, and ran their hands along the shining bronze, saying, "good old boy!"

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

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • The good old boy pranced joyfully and made a charge at the door.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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


: 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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for good old boy

Word Value for good

Scrabble Words With Friends