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I know I heard this term several times before, but when I look it up, I can't find anything on it. Thanks in advance.

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    Look up “hottie” – Jim May 20 at 6:36
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    Must be a pretty small town if there's only one seriously attractive young woman there. – BoldBen May 20 at 8:56
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    @BoldBen Smurf Village! – Ernest Friedman-Hill May 20 at 11:58
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    @BoldBen: "Best" does not mean the same thing as "only". Though I have seen some towns where it does. – Flater May 20 at 14:40
  • @Flater I had no idea that "Town Hottie" was graded in that way. It's not a British term. – BoldBen May 21 at 14:57
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The generalized "town [description]" effectively means "the person who is the biggest/best [description] in their/my town". Examples:

  • Town drunk, i.e. the person in a town who is known to be a drunkard.
  • Village idiot, i.e. the biggest (well-known) idiot in the village.

Hottie simply means "an attractive person" (most commonly a woman, but not exclusively so).

"Town hottie" therefore means:

The most attractive person in their/my town.

  • Oh, so you have heard hottie for men? – Lambie May 20 at 14:46
  • @Lambie: Yes. But only in a minority of cases. Without further context, I'm inclined to assume it's referring to a female; but that's not the same as saying that it can't refer to a man. – Flater May 20 at 14:48
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    Speaking personally, I've more frequently heard women refer to young men as hotties than I've heard men refer to women with that word. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 20 at 17:50
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    @Lambie I have seen and heard hottie used for men quite literally thousands of times, and done so myself quite frequently too. It is exceedingly common, to the point that when I read the title of the question, I automatically understood it to refer to a man until I read BoldBen’s comment. It is definitely not distaff. I agree entirely with Jason here. – Janus Bahs Jacquet May 23 at 7:03

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