town·​ie | \ ˈtau̇-nē How to pronounce townie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly towny
plural townies

Definition of townie

: a native or resident of a town especially : a permanent inhabitant of a town as distinguished from a member of another group (such as the academic community) Every Yooper I've ever met was an uncommonly unique character – a real salt-of-the-earth townie skilled at mechanics, deer hunting, and/or ice fishing. — Kelly O … a question every intelligent and ambitious townie one day must confront: should I stay or leave? — Ben Yagoda often used before another noun This old school townie bar is located just off of Main Street on the outskirts of town… and it's the sort of place that I'd imagine has a regular clientele of locals who drop by on a daily basis for a shot and a beer. — Lori Fredrich

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Examples of townie in a Sentence

fights between townies and college kids the townies are dismayed that all the venerable manses around the village green are being bought as vacation homes by rich interlopers

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With a target for house-building imposed on the council by the government, villagers and townies end up pitted against each other, trying to shove development elsewhere. The Economist, "A rebellion against house-building spells trouble for the Tories," 17 Aug. 2019 Here's the trailer: First the good news: Timothée Chalamet is really good in this as Daniel, a teenager reeling from the death of his father when he gets sent to live on Cape Cod with a townie relative for the summer. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, July 27 Edition," 27 July 2018 The snarky family-out-of-water schtick of the once rich and snobby but now destitute Rose clan has evolved, as Johnny, Moira, David and Alexis become full-fledged townies of the backwater burg—albeit dressed in designer clothing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What to Watch on Netflix in October, According to Our Editors," 1 Oct. 2018 There was some casual cruelty going on, first toward a townie, and then that victim was exchanged for one of the Jewish boys. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Some older local Twitter users might actually be townies, but the majority of local Twitter— particularly the part that has the power to make local tweets go viral— is made up of teens. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "How Twitter Became Home to the Teen Status Update," 3 July 2018 While Darkness on the Edge of Town is darker, edgier, and townie-er than its predecessor, the songs reveal Springsteen’s unshakable fascination with the world after dark. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' at 40: Nighttime, Freedom & the Eternal Chase," 2 June 2018 And so begins the annual clash of townies versus tourists. Maddie Mortell,, "Don’t be ‘that’ tourist. Some vacation advice from a local," 2 May 2018 The townies have a name for these intruders: Red Bull Zombies. Russell Frank, New York Times, "What to Do When an Inebriated Stranger Stumbles Into Your Home?," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of townie

1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of townie

: a person who lives in a town or city
US : a person who lives in a town that has a college or university but does not work at or attend the school

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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