A wealthy or married undergraduate of Cambridge, who pays extra
to “common” (i.e. dine) at the fellows' table. In Oxford, these
demi-dons are termed Gentlemen Commoners.
or gentleman commoner. An empty bottle; so called because
these sort of students are, as a class, empty-headed.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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