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good old boy


, Informal.
  1. 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.
  2. a person who belongs to a network of friends and associates with close ties of loyalty and mutual support.

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  • good old boyism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of good old boy1

First recorded in 1970–75
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Example Sentences

His message was he was a good old boy from Arkansas who knew what it was like to grow up in a family that struggled.

Yes, Republicans hated Clinton, but he was Southern and enough of a good old boy that he cut across those lines to some extent.

And as clear evidence of voter desire to the shake up the good old boy network in politics, women ruled the night.

They patted the barrel and the wheels, and ran their hands along the shining bronze, saying, "Good old boy!"

"Your hand upon it, my good old boy," whispered the dying hunter, his breath now almost gone.

The good old boy pranced joyfully and made a charge at the door.

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.


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