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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for old timer
Historical Examples
  • I am not deceiving you, Mrs. Wells, I am too sensible an old timer to do that.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • She, too, mentioned the names of many, few of them known to the old timer.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Jake had been an old timer in the city room when Mel was a cub.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
  • Many an old timer had told him of braving them upon sea and land.

    Forbidden Cargoes Roy J. Snell
  • One of the men that moved that car said it was an old timer.

    Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • 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
  • I thought I was a novice, and here I was being hailed as an old timer.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • He was the first missionary ever seen in the country, and it was the old timer who named him.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • Meredith, the old timer, you know, has kept her up there among the hills.

    The Sky Pilot Ralph Connor
  • This settled it, and the most earnest prayers of the old timer could not have held him back.

    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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