- Informal. gentleman(defs 1, 2).
Origin of gent1
- Flemish name of Ghent.
- the, Informal. a men's room.
Origin of gents'
Examples from the Web for gents
The denim miniskirt was walking out with one of the gents, a drunk in a suit.My Parents' Brothel
December 6, 2009
You gents feed your hosses the spur and leave the thinkin' to me.Way of the Lawless
We said no, 'twas Booth Montague, and that he was waiting in the gents' parlor.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
If I'm bitter, gents, it's because I speaks from hard experience.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
Ye see, gents, them ar mules is used to workin' with a perfesser.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
They never saw a pair of gents stolen before—you understand.The Rescue
- (functioning as singular) British informal a men's public lavatory
- informal short for gentleman
- the Flemish name for Ghent
Word Origin and History for gents
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].