- an old or elderly person.
- (in the British navy) a midshipman of four years' standing.
Origin of oldster
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Examples from the Web for oldster
But as an oldster I can be heartily thankful for the novels of the 1-10 Geo.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
Hurrying back to his comrades he cried "I have seen the oldster of the dreams."The Life of Sir Richard Burton
"Orenians coming," he grunted, and went back out to join the oldster.
Reluctantly, the oldster backed away and fell into the chair again.
Yet, no: William really had some oddities that would have caught even an oldster's eye.And Even Now
- informal an older person
- British navy a person who has been a midshipman for four years
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Word Origin and History for oldster
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