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[ohld-tahy-mer] /ˈoʊldˈtaɪ mər/
noun, Informal.
a person whose residence, membership, or experience began long ago and has been continuing for a considerable length of time; veteran.
an old person.
an old-fashioned person or thing.
Origin of old-timer
1855-60; old-time + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The old-timer goes because the diggings he had last worked in proved of little good.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • For an old-timer like himself, things weren't too hot in this world.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • Say, listen here, old-timer, remember I been trouping man and boy for over forty year and it's hard to fool me—you working?

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • “You sure know how to shoot a surprise into a fellow, old-timer,” he drawled.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • Some old-timer paying his regards to a lady said: "To have loved her was a liberal education."

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • Well, old-timer, you put airing your lace curtains a little?

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Some old-timer with a little three-inch telescope probably named them.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • Well, old-timer, here we are again with our hat in our hand!

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for old-timer


a person who has been in a certain place, occupation, etc, for a long time
(US) an old man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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