The title compound, C17H17NO3, was synthesized, characterized by IR spectroscopy and its crystal structure was determined from single-crystal diffraction data. The asymmetric unit contains two molecules, which adopt different conformations. In one molecule, the acetoxy and the terminal 2-methylphenyl groups are positioned on opposite sides of the plane formed by the central benzene ring, whereas in the other molecule they lie on the same side of this plane. In the crystal, the molecules are linked through strong N-H center dot center dot center dot O hydrogen bonds into chains along . Hirshfeld surface analysis and fingerprint plots were used to investigate the intermolecular interactions in the solid state.