Definition of townie in English:


(also towny, townee)
(also towny, townee, towny)


  • 1informal, derogatory A person who lives in a town, especially as distinct from one who lives in the country.

    ‘the movement of townies to the countryside is a threat’
    • ‘The 1960s were full of ballrooms of no chance, lacquered townies and long stepping country men who came looking for their hearts delights under fat Harvest moons.’
    • ‘In Britain, we have townies and country folk, northerners and southerners, but Spain has 17 distinct regions, each with its own food, festivals and politics.’
    • ‘I think at the moment the spin merchants and townies are trying to push the countryside that bit too far.’
    • ‘It's a typical case of townies trying to tell people how to run the countryside.’
    • ‘Outdoor activities are the main theme, just as you would expect given the particularly rugged beauty of the surrounding countryside, making it ideal for townies who need a couple of days away from the city.’
    • ‘Fed up with annoying townies blathering on about the countryside?’
    • ‘This is the simple aspect of the proposed plan that is lost on townies who know only concrete, Tarmac and a town park.’
    • ‘I live in the country (well before all the townies moved in) and I'm fully aware that foxes need controlling, they are in the main mangy diseased creatures and I'm fully aware that banning hunting with dogs won't save the life of a single fox.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, he has sneered and jeered and delighted in telling pro-hunting country people to submit to the will of the townies in banning the hunt and sentencing tens of thousands of hounds to death.’
    • ‘People like them will never be rural dwellers, just townees with a house in the country.’
    • ‘When asked about the 92% that are vehemently opposed to the proposition, she declares them all to be trouble makers, Luddites, townies, misty eyed liberals - or suffering from Mad Cow disease.’
    • ‘He's stuck in a pebble-dashed council house on the edge while townies occupy the cottage that his grandparents once lived in.’
    • ‘It was only the incoming townies who ever kicked up about it.’
    • ‘Not all small communities see the benefits, however, and the taverns of Port McNeill have seen heated arguments between pro-farming townies and anti-farming islanders.’
    • ‘A growing number of townies have been phoning Sarah at her home in Milford on Sea to book a stress-busting session at her riding school.’
    • ‘Lots of townies and people with a couple of acres are buying hens, just to have them milling around their feet.’
    • ‘We have heard that the business consortium want to dictate to the county board, that they are all townies and are trying to seize control on behalf of the town clubs, that it is only the senior footballers that they are interested in.’
    • ‘If, as promised, they throng through the streets of London when the ban comes into force in February, any civil disobedience will only harden the attitudes of the liberal townies whose routines they will be disrupting.’
    • ‘There are many townies who do not survive such trials but there are also many who doggedly remain, and at last there are new magazines and organisations that offer support - and much needed advice.’
    1. 1.1informal A person who is a local resident in a university town, rather than a student.
      ‘the beat cut through any differences there might have been between townies and students’
      • ‘Professors, students, and townies alike stood around us, sobbing silently at the destruction of the most beloved building on campus.’
      • ‘Having conveniently forgotten our vows never to return, we showed off our still-attached limbs, teaching the mix of students and townies the art of disco-dancing.’
      • ‘Would anyone suggest that the citizens of those towns - undergrads and townies alike - should submit all their local decisions to the U.S. Congress?’
      • ‘From cards to boats to horses, the townies of Oxford seemed only too willing to indulge the students in morally questionable pastimes.’
      • ‘But when she actually comes across a guy who finds her interesting, she brusquely pushes him away because of her insecurities and because he's a townie, not good enough to be associating with prep-school girls.’
      • ‘Ruth worries that Natalie is older than Frank and a single mother, but worse, that she's a townie and a distraction from his studies and eventual career.’
    2. 1.2British informal A loutish or aggressive young person.
      ‘a gang of townies cornered one of his friends near the Museum Gardens’
      • ‘I didn't take a photo of the townie in a Burberry cap outside the Indian restaurant.’
      • ‘Daniel - a so-called Goth, who wears black clothes - claims he has been assaulted twice then mugged by "townie" gangs.’
      • ‘There are more gangs of 'townies' hanging around Blackburn who are damaging surroundings and disturbing the peace, but do I see them being told to move?’
      • ‘The problem is with groups of townies who clog up the shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon.’


  • Relating to or characteristic of a town.

    ‘the bar's got a great vibe, not too snobby and not too towny’
    ‘all the usual towny stuff is at the bottom of the hill’
    • ‘With only a few quiet words, he can solve any and all problems confronting towny fishermen like ourselves.’
    • ‘I didn't really fancy her (she was nice but a bit towny), so the pressure was off a little.’
    • ‘When I went to university in Birmingham, I lived in the red-light district which was just so buzzy that I realised immediately I was a towny person!’
    • ‘What was once a cool vibrant atmosphere has been replaced by a slightly towny/laddy vibe that really isn't worth the trek to get to.’
    • ‘Every pub was filled with studenty types, so we headed towards The Old School, which is considered to be a towny pub and not too popular with the student element.’
    • ‘In the eyes of the townie taxpayer, the image of the moaning farmer has long flourished.’
    • ‘The bijou townie character of a lot of the new development is quite out of keeping with the historic character of the town.’
    • ‘We have some townie friends coming to stay next week.’
    • ‘We got a bit worried when we saw a couple of police cars, but luckily they were country policemen rather than townie jobsworths, so we just got a look.’
    • ‘You need to get out more - try hanging out in a townie bar and see what happens.’
    • ‘He began to run outdoor pursuit centres, whose main aim was to show mainly townie children the joys - and perils - of the countryside.’