good old boy

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good old boy

also good ol' boy or good ole boy  (ōl)
n. Slang
A man having qualities held to be characteristic of certain Southern white males, such as a relaxed or informal manner, strong loyalty to family and friends, and often an anti-intellectual bias and intolerant point of view.
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good′ old`

(or ol'` or ole`) boy′

1. a man embodying the unsophisticated good fellowship and sometimes boisterous sociability regarded as characteristic of white males of the Southern U.S.
2. a person, esp. a man, belonging to a network of friends and associates with close ties of loyalty.
good′ old` boy′ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.good old boy - a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
white man - a man who is White
Southerner - an American who lives in the South
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A classic example of the good old boy who lives down the road, Alan Easley (an occasional contributor to Farm Collector) has penned his memoirs and tales of his forebears in a style as comfortable as a couch on the porch.
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