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gentleman friend

noun, Older Use.
a man with whom a woman is romantically involved; suitor.
Origin of gentleman friend
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I've got a gentleman-friend, too, and he's awful nice to me.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • As to your gentleman-friend, he may take himself off, wherever he likes best.

    Hard Times Charles Dickens
  • Then I added, "but have you got a gentleman-friend yourself?"

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • Every morning I awake to find half-a-dozen hens and their gentleman-friend roosting along my anatomy.

  • Then I answered her question: "Well, that depends upon what you mean by gentleman-friend," I said.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson

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