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[ohld-ster] /ˈoʊld stər/
an old or elderly person.
(in the British navy) a midshipman of four years' standing.
Origin of oldster
1810-20; old + -ster, modeled on youngster Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For a moment, the oldster turned his attention from watching for the thing that was coming, and considered him fondly.

    The Natives Katherine MacLean
  • Hurrying back to his comrades he cried "I have seen the oldster of the dreams."

  • Ain't particular comfortable for an oldster like me when they's a full-grown, man-eatin' outlaw layin' about the grounds.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • "Orenians coming," he grunted, and went back out to join the oldster.

    Collectivum Mike Lewis
  • Reluctantly, the oldster backed away and fell into the chair again.

    Collectivum Mike Lewis
  • Yet, no: William really had some oddities that would have caught even an oldster's eye.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • But as an oldster I can be heartily thankful for the novels of the 1-10 Geo.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He swung his club behind him but the oldster was already scampering for the safety of the rock.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • The oldster before mentioned put his hand into the breadbasket, and seized a handful of the biscuit.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Thus did Jack at once take the rank of an oldster, and soon became the leader of all the mischief.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for oldster


(informal) an older person
(Brit, navy) a person who has been a midshipman for four years
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oldster

1818, colloquial, from old + -ster, on analogy of youngster.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for oldster



An older person, as opposed to a youngster: We oldsters can beat you (1848+)

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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