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[ohld-tahym] /ˈoʊldˈtaɪm/
belonging to or characteristic of old or former times, methods, ideas, etc.:
old-time sailing ships; an old-time piano player.
being long established:
old-time residents.
Origin of old-time
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sometimes an old-time tavern had a special petty charm of its own, some peculiarity of furnishing or fare.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • There was some of the old-time self-possession in her voice as she responded.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • A flare of the old-time fire rose up within him: he was again the prince of a hundred duels.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • There was that in Henry's tone which opened up the old-time anger.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • The "higher education" which Mr. Schwab discourages, the old-time classical course, has not grown in popular favor.

    Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for old-time


(prenominal) of or relating to a former time; old-fashioned: old-time dancing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for old-time

1824, from old + time (n.). Related: Old-timey (1850).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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