Definition of good old boy in US English:

good old boy


  • A man who embodies some or all of the qualities considered characteristic of many white men of the southern US, including an unpretentious, convivial manner, conservative or intolerant attitudes, and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group.

    • ‘He looks like one of the good old boys from the neighborhood.’
    • ‘The pastor emailed me to say that the plans were indeed off, and it appears that is the case, courtesy of some good old boys.’
    • ‘Then, my accent deepens a bit, and I turn into Jethro Clampett before my traveling companions' bemused eyes, a good old boy just trying not to get screwed at the rural gas station.’
    • ‘Lanky, with a mustache, he looked like a good old boy and often acted like one.’
    • ‘In a dustup at a local bar one night, the bartender roughed up the good old boy and threw him into his pickup.’
    • ‘With these leather vested, bearded good old boys looking on, I needed to bring my level of play up to speed.’
    • ‘‘This good old boy with a crew cut comes up to me and starts counseling me on how to cut my field,’ says Berk, who admits that he'd had no idea how to tame the wild grasses that had taken over the acreage around his house.’
    • ‘He's - I don't want to sound like I'm sticking up for the guys - but he's a good old boy.’
    • ‘Many things that are today unacceptable are tacitly accepted - and often revelled in - by the good old boys of the South.’
    • ‘Eugene's friendly nature is a mixture of good old boy from middle Tennessee and a learned scholar.’
    • ‘Tommy Lee Jones, a Texas good old boy, directed it and stars in it.’
    • ‘Not only is Lonestar Texas' preferred monicker, it's also the name of good old boys' favorite beer, as evidenced by this Web site.’
    • ‘Ed Raines came across as the smooth, connected good old boy, while the others sounded like typical Valley startups or law enforcement types.’
    • ‘So if word got out that there was a fight brewing between a couple of good old boys, everybody would try to see the fight.’
    • ‘As a good old boy from Alabama, I thought that was the way to fit in.’
    • ‘I'd guess that he knows his way around a firearm, and has spent some time in a pickup; one might call him a good old boy.’
    • ‘I was practicing in a bunker down in Texas and this good old boy with a big hat stopped to watch.’
    • ‘He was a bit of a good old boy in the making, but he didn't care, she says.’
    • ‘The film's director Rob Bowman concurs, ‘He's a good old boy from Texas, no matter what he says to anybody.’’
    • ‘He's more of a good old boy, more of a Texan than his Connecticut-raised father.’


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