town·​ish | \ ˈtau̇nish \

Definition of townish

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a town or city or of the manners and style of urban life : appropriate for town or city : towny the fabric … is definitely townishNew York Times Magazine
2 : having the outlook or manners of a city-bred person always thought of myself as a townish character

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First Known Use of townish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for townish

Middle English townisch, from town + -isch -ish

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“Townish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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