...He is much of a gentlemen, and he has traveled enough to throw off that...
When or in which situation or condition would you rather use the bold part construction and could you please show me a synonym phrase or word for it?
Thanks in advance
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In my opinion, much of is used when you want people to see the importance of the word following "much of". For example,
He is much of a traveler, than a shepherd.
The example above says that the subject is both a shepherd and a traveler. But he is more into travelling than in being a shepherd.
In AmE and I am pretty sure BrE, native speakers don't use much of in the sense you ask about: 'he is much of a gentleman'.
In English, the negative expression, as in 'he's not much of a gentlemen' is quite common.
She's not much of a lady.
He's not much of a singer/athlete/actor/writer/teacher/example/swinger/worker.
The meaning is given in Collns as
not to any appreciable degree or extent
and there are plenty of examples at that link.