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 formssmall-town·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for small-town

Contemporary Examples of small-town

Historical Examples of small-town

  • 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.

  • 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