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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. 2017.
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  • Suppose, then, on top of all the drawbacks of small-town life, the girls had to work under big-city factory conditions?

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Another of her relatives, a niece, had married a small-town sharper.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • For qualities of instantaneous combustion he must have been the equal of any small-town theater that ever was built—with one exit.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • She was an untrained, ambitious, thoroughly commonplace, small-town girl.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Your mother hated 'em like poison, the way every small-town merchant hates the mail-order houses.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
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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