old boy

[ ohld-boi for 1, 2; ohld-boi for 3; ohld boi for 4 ]

  1. Informal. an adult male, especially a Southerner.: Compare good old boy.

  2. a lively elderly man.

  1. Chiefly British. an alumnus, especially of a boys' preparatory or public school.

  2. Chiefly British. old chap.

Origin of old boy

First recorded in 1595–1605

Words Nearby old boy

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How to use old boy in a sentence

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

    Women Rule Primary Night | Mark McKinnon | June 9, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Well, old boy, I guess you lost me more than I'll make out of you; but you've given me what I ought to have had three years ago!

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • Dic had another boy friend—an old boy, of thirty-five or more—whose name was William Little.

  • Tell ye, 'f the old boy himself sh'd ride up alongside, shouldn't be a mite s'prised to see him.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Kamelillo said he was "old boy all right," but Kamelillo's notions of what was virtuous weren't civilised notions.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • "We've missed you these four days, old boy," his father said.

    Four Days | Hetty Hemenway

British Dictionary definitions for old boy

old boy

  1. (sometimes capitals) British a male ex-pupil of a school

  2. informal, mainly British

    • a familiar name used to refer to a man

    • an old man

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