good old boy

\ ˈgu̇d-ōl(d)-ˌbȯi How to pronounce good old boy (audio) \
variants: or good ol' boy or good ole boy

Definition of good old boy

: a usually white Southerner who conforms to the values, culture, or behavior of his peers

Examples of good old boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2020 In Carthage, that means identifying a local to serve as his straw man (and potential patsy), settling eventually on good old boy Tyler Lee, who bartends at a bikini club, and his good Christian wife Chalene, she of the bake sales and six children. Tod Goldberg, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of good old boy

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Good old boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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