from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or characteristic of a small town.
  • adj. Limited in outlook or experience; unsophisticated; provincial.

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  • adj. Pertaining to a small town; provincial.


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From small + town.


  • David Rittgers, a legal-policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the threshold had become much lower in recent years for federal disaster assistance, with FEMA becoming more involved in what he described as "small-town tornadoes" that might only damage a few structures.

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  • His father was a "neighborhood lawyer" -- which is what you call a small-town lawyer whose "town" happens to be Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Anthony Weiner Resignation: Middle-Class New York Bids A Sad Farewell

  • They are the birthright of small-town America, of communities where people belong to and care for one another.

    The Good Fight

  • He had those small-town values—an honesty, a directness.

    The Good Fight

  • My parents, both small-town Midwesterners, loved Franklin Roosevelt and Floyd B.

    The Good Fight

  • In Little Caesar, the protagonist, played by Edward G. Robinson, rises from a small-town crook to become the leader of a major crime syndicate in Chicago.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • I grew up in Depression America, a small-town kid from a place no one had ever heard of.

    The Good Fight

  • No matter how racism is measured, it is most pronounced among white evangelicals concentrated in the rural and small-town South.

    American Grace

  • In high school, I was a small-town boy who, against all odds, won the international science fair and a scholarship to MIT.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • The experience can be just as exasperating for readers, since small-town papers can't usually afford outsize talent, and when they are run by a far-off newspaper chain they may not know their community as well as those who live in it.

    The Reporter Next Door


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