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

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Sullen teenagers, Southern good old boys, arty urbanites, elite test pilots — all measured themselves by what their peers thought of them. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Tom Wolfe, apostle of ‘New Journalism’ who captured extravagance of his times, dies at 88," 15 May 2018 Big and bearded, he was usually cast in small but memorable roles as bikers, tough guys or good old boys. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Mickey Jones, Drummer Turned Character Actor, Is Dead at 76," 8 Feb. 2018 The good old days for the good old boys are ending. Stu Bykofsky,, "Bill O'Reilly's beef with the Almighty | Stu Bykofsky," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of good old boy

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of good old boy was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of good old boy

US, informal : a white man from the southern U.S. who has interests, beliefs, etc., that are commonly associated with white southern men

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a strong desire or propensity

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