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[tou-nee] /ˈtaʊ ni/
noun, plural townies.


or townee, towny

[tou-nee] /ˈtaʊ ni/
noun, Informal.
a resident of a town, especially a nonstudent resident of a college town.
Origin of townie
First recorded in 1820-30; town + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for towny
Historical Examples
  • This made her think that the elder man was a "towny," and not a frontiersman like the other.

  • “I met a ‘towny,’ and he stood me too good a dinner,” I explained.

  • While his appreciation was very genuine, it was restricted to rural or suburban scenes, “of the town, towny.”

  • But to revert to less "towny" and much more interesting matters passing on board.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • Father put it into my head, making me look at the little, towny people in Transham this afternoon.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Was he just a towny college ass like Robert Garton, as far from understanding this girl?

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • I ain't up to towny ways nohow, and I allow that mebbe I'm rather green.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • Though the hotels are large, they retreat from the road, and have not the towny look which large hotels generally have.

    Wintering in the Riviera William Miller
  • How splendid and brown and fit he looked, compared with those two pale, towny creatures!

    Beyond John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for towny


noun (mainly Brit, informal, often derogatory)
a permanent resident in a town, esp as distinct from country dwellers or students
a young working-class person who dresses in casual sports clothes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for towny



A permanent resident of the town one grew up in or went to school in; also, a resident of a college town not affiliated with the college: townies that graduated from Valley

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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