Definition of man about town in US English:

man about town


  • A fashionable male socialite.

    • ‘For the trendy man about town this season, cable-knit pullovers or cardigans in neutral shades such as greys and browns or navy blue are suggested.’
    • ‘Mobile in one hand, chilled glass of lager in the other, with the BMW parked outside, he was every considerable inch the man about town.’
    • ‘The new men about town aspire to be more than just arm candy for the ladies.’
    • ‘A single man about town should be able to splash out on these things without feeling a moment's guilt or too big a dent in his bank balance.’
    • ‘But, despite his image as a man about town, once he had become seriously involved with Isabel Lambert, he moved with her to a cottage near Thaxted in Essex, where he remained for the last eighteen years of his life.’
    • ‘This carefully cultivated image as a man about town however belied the industry which he brought to his office, laying the foundation for his later success as a hard-working and knowledgeable foreign secretary.’
    • ‘Fatherhood is changing him: the one-time man about town now talks proudly of how he's mastered the plastic strips on nappies and is allowed to change the baby by himself.’
    • ‘He seems to have spent part of his early years in France, and was a man about town in London when his first comedy, The Comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub, was performed in 1664.’
    • ‘There were no real übertrendy apartment blocks then, so a mews was the must-have address for the man about town who worked hard and played hard.’
    • ‘Away from the radio studio, Antony Collins looks every part the young, trendy media man about town.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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