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/, good ole boy [ohl] /oʊl/.

Origin of good old boy

First recorded in 1970–75
Related formsgood old boyism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for good ol' boy

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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