noun Informal.

a person whose residence, membership, or experience began long ago and has been continuing for a considerable length of time; veteran.
an old person.
an old-fashioned person or thing.

Origin of old-timer

First recorded in 1855–60; old-time + -er1
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Related Words for old-timer

fossil, senior, veteran, mossback, geezer, gramps, golden-ager, war-horse

Examples from the Web for old-timer

Contemporary Examples of old-timer

Historical Examples of old-timer

  • Well, old-timer, you put airing your lace curtains a little?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • That's what I call getting hunk with a vengeance, old-timer.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Well, old-timer, here we are again with our hat in our hand!

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Too much water has run under the bridge for that, old-timer.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • Johnny Behan, an old-timer and an Indian fighter, was the first sheriff.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

British Dictionary definitions for old-timer



a person who has been in a certain place, occupation, etc, for a long time
US an old man
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