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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.
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Also good ol' boy [ohl], /oʊl/, good ole boy [ohl]. /oʊl/.

Origin of good old boy

First recorded in 1970–75

OTHER WORDS FROM good old boy

good old boyism, noun
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