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noun, plural town·ies.
  1. townie.
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or town·ee, town·y

noun Informal.
  1. a resident of a town, especially a nonstudent resident of a college town.
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Origin of townie

First recorded in 1820–30; town + -ie
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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.

    Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories

    Bret Harte

  • “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

British Dictionary definitions for towny


townee (taʊˈniː)

noun mainly British informal, often derogatory
  1. a permanent resident in a town, esp as distinct from country dwellers or students
  2. a young working-class person who dresses in casual sports clothes
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