[ ohld-tahy-mer ]
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  1. a person whose residence, membership, or experience began long ago and has been continuing for a considerable length of time; veteran.

  2. an old person.

  1. an old-fashioned person or thing.

Origin of old-timer

First recorded in 1855–60; old-time + -er1

Words Nearby old-timer

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How to use old-timer in a sentence

  • I saw a long, broad gleam of silvery white, my line cut through the water, and the old-timer started for his bed under the bank.

    Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields
  • Jack laughed as he said, "That's about right, and I think that maybe I'm an 'old timer.'"

    Jack the Young Trapper | George Bird Grinnell
  • To the old-timer these difficulties were not dangers at all, because he knew how to meet them easily.

    The Sheriff's Son | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for old-timer


  1. a person who has been in a certain place, occupation, etc, for a long time

  2. US an old man

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