- 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
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Examples from the Web for old-time
He carried a chair onto the stage, sat down and repeated the lecture he uses whenever he hires an old-time musician.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
The Twin Cities seem to have an old-time, survivalist, DIY spirit, and DuCett has bottled it.Twin City DIY
October 31, 2012
That old-time FDR religion, Democrats could claim, still works.What Do Voters Want the Most?
October 22, 2012
Today the most high-profile of the old-time secretive sects is Scientology.Twilight of the Moonies and Scientologists?
September 16, 2012
Blair himself had a famously tin ear for the old-time grass roots faction.The U.K. Phone-Hacking Bungle
February 10, 2011
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.In the Valley
“I have a fancy to do this in my own way; the old-time way,” he said.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
On they came, wise and quaint, like the half-heard whispers of old-time jokes.Lotus Buds
I remembered with a shudder her old-time habit of listening at doors.The Strolling Saint
- (prenominal) of or relating to a former time; old-fashionedold-time dancing
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Word Origin and History for old-time
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