Etymology
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gent (n.)

colloquial shortening of gentleman, by 17c. (in early uses it is difficult to distinguish the shortening from the common abbreviation gent.), which is perhaps the origin of this use. "Early in the nineteenth century the word was colloquial and slightly jocular; about 1840 its use came to be regarded as a mark of low breeding" [OED].

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Definitions of gent
1
gent (n.)
informal abbreviation of `gentleman';
gent (n.)
a boy or man;
Synonyms: chap / fellow / feller / fella / lad / blighter / cuss / bloke
2
Gent (n.)
port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry;
Synonyms: Gand / Ghent
From wordnet.princeton.edu