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[smawl-toun] /ˈsmɔlˈtaʊn/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a town or village:
a typical, small-town general store.
provincial or unsophisticated:
small-town manners.
Origin of small-town
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
small-towner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Another of her relatives, a niece, had married a small-town sharper.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • She was the eldest daughter of a small-town lawyer, in Vermont.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • She was an untrained, ambitious, thoroughly commonplace, small-town girl.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Her taste in dress was soubrettish and flagrant, but it was not small-town.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • It may be the small-town way, but you know things maybe I don't know.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
Word Origin and History for small-town

"unsophisticated, provincial," 1824, from noun phrase, from small (adj.) + town.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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