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
Recent Examples on the Web Then Goodell walked the townie outside the bar, down the street and the incident was over. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Does Roger Goodell have what it takes to lead NFL on racial injustice issues?," 9 Sep. 2020 Given the narrative of upward mobility that frames so many media reports and popular depictions of Asian Americans, a scuzzy townie like Nora is already a step toward greater, more inclusive, not to mention more candid, representation. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: 'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens' and the Freshness of Angst-Free Asian Americans," 26 Feb. 2020 For longtime Franklin fans and new townies alike, something else is happening: pride is pouring over. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "How Franklin is breathing new life into its historic downtown homes," 20 Feb. 2020 One sister got engaged to a Catholic man who attended Mass at Immaculate Conception, the townie church. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 For years, townies whispered about alleged weapons stashes in the steam tunnels beneath the academy. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 The one-time fishermen’s fave — a hole in the wall — now draws townies and tourists., "A heads-up: In Marblehead, some things never change (and hooray for that) - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 The memoir is a delightful, deft, familiar — and ambitious — foray into family dynamics and working-class gusto, a relatable story of the townies in a city overrun by, and dependent upon, tourists. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A New Orleans family history: Big promises, dashed hopes and rising water," 30 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of townie

1823, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Townie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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