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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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  • Well, old-timer, you put airing your lace curtains a little?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • That's what I call getting hunk with a vengeance, old-timer.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Well, old-timer, here we are again with our hat in our hand!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • Too much water has run under the bridge for that, old-timer.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Johnny Behan, an old-timer and an Indian fighter, was the first sheriff.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • And finally Cochise asked the old-timer whether he believed in a hereafter.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • “Well, have one yourself,” returned the old-timer grudgingly.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • “He has ketched on,” mournfully stated an old-timer from the third district.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
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
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