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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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Examples from the web for old-time
  • Sixties-era vegetarian meals served with all the comforts of an old-time diner.
  • The study's secret weapon is a trick borrowed from old-time trappers, who hung mirrors from tree branches to attract lynx.
  • The outcrops near the coal-mining settlement still have some equipment and structures from old-time installations.
  • They have an eccentric charm that allows you to spend fantastical days approximating the life of an old-time cattle aristocrat.
  • These hams get a slow, cool smoke over hickory-log fires to give the old-time texture and taste.
  • She had the proper manners of an old-time governess, a schoolteacher or a small town librarian.
  • old-time herbs and other old-time plants grow in their gardens.
  • The old-time posters used to get pretty fanciful about their goats.
  • It is a character vessel, built with the idea of the old-time riverboat designs.
  • Politically, this is the old-time religion: ideas designed to gladden the hearts of the parties' core supporters.
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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