good old boy


Alternative formsEdit


good old boy (plural good old boys)

  1. (idiomatic) A male friend or chum, especially a schoolmate; a man with an established network of friends who assist one another in social and business situations; a decent, dependable fellow.
    • 1899, Stephen Crane, Active Service, ch. 5:
      "Billie, what kind of a lad is that young Coke up at Washurst?" He addressed an old college friend. . . .
      "He's one of those Ohio Cokes—regular thing—father millionaire—used to be a barber—good old boy."
    • 1910, H. Rider Haggard, Queen Sheba's Ring, ch. 7:
      Tell these fellows to say to their Sultan that he is a good old boy, and that we thank him very much.
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly Southern US, sometimes derogatory) A friendly, unambitious, relatively uneducated, sometimes racially biased white man who embodies the stereotype of the folksy culture of the rural southern USA.
    • 1973, "Quick Cuts" (film review), Time, 24 Sep.:
      "White Lightning" concerns a good old boy named Gator McKluskey (Burt Reynolds) who is serving time in the Arkansas pen for messing around with illegal liquor.


Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit


Last modified on 20 June 2013, at 16:21