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[ohld-tahy-mee] /ˈoʊldˈtaɪ mi/
adjective, Informal.
belonging to or characteristic of former times, usually eliciting a sentimental yearning for the past; old-time:
an inn with charming, old-timey details.
Origin of old-timey
First recorded in 1850-55; old-time + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A tuft of loops at the end is a simple and old-timey finish.

  • Anderson's is an old, old family-run business, which started out as an old-timey drug-store selling some books on the side.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • It was papered in pale blue and had a little, old-timey toilet table with sconces for candles.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Why even his language had the stilted shaping of the characters in most of these old-timey classical novels.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
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Old-fashioned, esp in a pleasant and nostalgic way: dripping with old-timey decorations (1850+)

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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