"It is very pleasant dining with a bachelor," said Miss Matty softly, as we settled ourselves in the counting-house. "I only hope it is not improper; so many pleasant things are!" -- Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
The phrase, 'confirmed bachelor
' typically refers to a distinguished gentleman
, occasionally but not necessarily homosexual
, that shows little interest in cultivating
any sort of serious long-term relationship
with a woman. Confirmed bachelors
commonly have very rich and visible social lives
-- we're not talking about crotchety old men
, rather, attractive
, sophisticated public figures
who apparently have for their own reasons chosen not to tie the knot
Well-known confirmed bachelors include Paul Lynde, Liberace, Leonard Cohen, and presently, George Clooney.
Women who fail to marry by a certain age have been known previously as spinsters or old maids. These titles should be considered depreciated, however.
Confirmed Bachelor is also the name of 1994 four-minute experimental film directed and produced by Tom Kalin.