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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
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Many of the old-time fittings and appurtenances are still to be seen.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • But they did not come easily, for there was an old-time feud between the two families.

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  • “I have a fancy to do this in my own way; the old-time way,” he said.

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  • On they came, wise and quaint, like the half-heard whispers of old-time jokes.

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  • I remembered with a shudder her old-time habit of listening at doors.

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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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