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gent1

[jent] /dʒɛnt/
noun
1.
Informal. gentleman (defs 1, 2).
Origin of gent1
1555-1565
1555-65; by shortening

Gent

[khent] /xɛnt/
noun
1.
Flemish name of Ghent.

gents'

[jents] /dʒɛnts/
1.
the, Informal. a men's room.
Origin
1920-25; see gent1, -s3
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  • The booking-clerk at Banbury remembered only three gents booking by that particular train.

    The Observations of Henry Jerome K. Jerome
  • "Nothing like luck in the fishing game, gents," observed the manager.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • However, what finally screwed up my stocking altogether, gents, was their taking away my gas.

  • "I can truly say, I hope you'll be successful, gents," he replied.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • "This is against the clock, gents," the bullet-headed man said.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • Where Id like ye, gents and ladies, if youre passing by to stop.

    Cobwebs from a Library Corner John Kendrick Bangs
  • Oatmeal is the best,” said the man; “the gents from Wolverhampton prefer them fattened on oatmeal.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • If you was to cop them two gents, your name would be in all the evenin' papers.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • Pants are worn by gents who eat lunches and open wine, and trousers are worn by gentlemen who eat luncheons and order wine.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
British Dictionary definitions for gents

gents

/dʒɛnts/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) (Brit, informal) a men's public lavatory

gent

/dʒɛnt/
noun
1.
(informal) short for gentleman

Gent

/xɛnt/
noun
1.
the Flemish name for Ghent
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Word Origin and History for gents

gent

n.

short for gentleman, by 17c. (in early uses it is difficult to distinguish the shortening from the common abbreviation gent.). "Early in the nineteenth century the word was colloquial and slightly jocular; about 1840 its use came to be regarded as a mark of low breeding" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gents

gent

noun

A man; fellow; guy: A hefty, tough-talking gent of not quite 50 (1564+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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