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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
First recorded in 1855-60; old-time + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The house is an old timer, but he's made a comfortable place of it, and the wife and daughter set a wonderful table.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Jake had been an old timer in the city room when Mel was a cub.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • Moreover, he helped us to a new phase of human nature as exemplified in the mind of an old timer.

    The Crest of the Continent Ernest Ingersoll
  • I am not deceiving you, Mrs. Wells, I am too sensible an old timer to do that.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • The old timer now joined earnestly in urging him to stay till the storm was past.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • Jack laughed as he said, "That's about right, and I think that maybe I'm an 'old timer.'"

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • But the missionary was before him, and, with very beautiful grace, he handed the old timer a book and pointed him to a seat.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • He was the first missionary ever seen in the country, and it was the old timer who named him.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • The old timer grasped me firmly by the right hand and held tight while he demanded, as usual, "What name?"

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Meredith, the old timer, you know, has kept her up there among the hills.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
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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Slang definitions & phrases for old timer

old timer

noun phrase

A seasoned veteran, esp a man •Often used in direct address, generally affectionately: Although younger agents find them exciting, old-timers resist them (1860+)

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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