good old boy

noun
\ 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, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 2020 Clarke is suitably creepy, his Carl a good old boy who might just cut your head off. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "‘Devil All the Time’ is a harrowing trip worth taking," 18 Sep. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good%20old%20boy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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good old boy

noun

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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