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old boy

[ohld boi for 1, 2; ohld boi for 3; ohld boi for 4]
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noun
  1. Informal. an adult male, especially a Southerner.Compare good old boy.
  2. a lively elderly man.
  3. Chiefly British. an alumnus, especially of a boys' preparatory or public school.
  4. Chiefly British. old chap.

Origin of old boy

First recorded in 1595–1605
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  • To what precise causes the rapid advance of old-boy population is to be traced, we are unable to determine.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for old boy

old boy

noun
  1. (sometimes capitals) British a male ex-pupil of a school
  2. informal, mainly British
    1. a familiar name used to refer to a man
    2. an old man
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