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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Related Words for old-time

old-fashioned, ancient, dated, obsolete, out-of-date, olden

Examples from the Web for old-time

Contemporary Examples of old-time

Historical Examples of old-time

  • 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

    Harold Frederic

  • “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

    Amy Carmichael

  • I remembered with a shudder her old-time habit of listening at doors.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for old-time



(prenominal) of or relating to a former time; old-fashionedold-time dancing
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Word Origin and History for old-time

1824, from old + time (n.). Related: Old-timey (1850).

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