man about town


noun

a socially active, sophisticated man who frequents fashionable nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, etc.; playboy; boulevardier.

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Origin of man about town

First recorded in 1775–85

Words nearby man about town

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British Dictionary definitions for man about town

man about town

noun

a fashionable sophisticate, esp one in a big city
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Idioms and Phrases with man about town

man about town

A man who frequently attends fashionable social functions, as in Fred is quite the man about town these days. This expression, first recorded in 1734, uses town in the sense of “a sophisticated place” as opposed to rural settings.

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