- a man with whom a woman is romantically involved; suitor.
Origin of gentleman friend
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for gentleman friend
As to your gentleman-friend, he may take himself off, wherever he likes best.Hard Times
Then I added, "but have you got a gentleman-friend yourself?"
I've got a gentleman-friend, too, and he's awful nice to me.
Every morning I awake to find half-a-dozen hens and their gentleman-friend roosting along my anatomy.
Then I answered her question: "Well, that depends upon what you mean by gentleman-friend," I said.