town·ie | \ˈtau̇-nē \
variants: or towny
plural townies

Definition of townie 

: townsman especially : a permanent inhabitant of a town as distinguished from a member of another group (such as the academic community)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for townie


burgher, citizen, townsman, villager



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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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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 Here, in no particular order, are 15 towns across the country with enough offerings to keep even townies and travelers happy. Calder Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best College Towns in the U.S.," 12 Sep. 2017 The Starkville food scene has perked up considerably in the past few years, but Strange Brew was already hard at work perking up townies and Mississippi State students alike. Andy Staples,, "America's Best College Town Meals," 9 Aug. 2017 Amid any number of skirmishes—neighbor against neighbor, tourist against townie, lobbyist against legislator— Pam Mandel, Longreads, "Now Airbnb is Wrecking Mountain Towns, Too," 14 July 2017 Friendly tourists and townies can’t resist treating her like a celebrity while running their fingers through her unruly brown fur. Nick Agro, Orange County Register, "Weekend Getaway: Hike Idyllwild with your dog," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of townie

1852, in the meaning defined above

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town hall


town house





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The first known use of townie was in 1852

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English Language Learners Definition of townie

: a person who lives in a town or city

: 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 that holds something together

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