kept man (plural kept men)

  1. A man who lives off his lover.
    • 1917, David Graham Phillips, Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, ch. 17:
      The kept man—in and out of marriage—is quite a feature of life in our chaste little village.
    • 1984 Nov. 19, Richard Zoglin, "Video: Small World," Time:
      A strapping Italian hunk, he becomes the rich actress's kept man, uses her money to start himself in business.


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