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small-time

[smawl-tahym] /ˈsmɔlˈtaɪm/
adjective
1.
of modest or insignificant size, importance, or influence:
a small-time politician.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
Related forms
small-timer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for small-timer

small-time

adjective
1.
(informal) insignificant; minor: a small-time criminal
Derived Forms
small-timer, noun
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Word Origin and History for small-timer

small-time

adj.

1910, originally theater slang for lower-salaried circuits, or ones requiring more daily performances; from noun phrase (also 1910). Cf. big time.

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Slang definitions & phrases for small-timer

small-time

adjective

Characteristic of the small time; inferior; petty; second-rate; bush league: a small-time political power (1910+ Show business)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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