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gentleman friend

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noun Older Use.
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • As to your gentleman-friend, he may take himself off, wherever he likes best.

    Hard Times

    Charles Dickens

  • Then I added, "but have you got a gentleman-friend yourself?"

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson

  • I've got a gentleman-friend, too, and he's awful nice to me.

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson

  • 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.

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson