adjective Informal.

belonging to or characteristic of former times, usually eliciting a sentimental yearning for the past; old-time: an inn with charming, old-timey details.

Origin of old-timey

First recorded in 1850–55; old-time + -y1
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Contemporary Examples of old-timey

  • The tactic might have been charming in an old-timey sort of way had it not been so, well, illegal.

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Historical Examples of old-timey

  • A tuft of loops at the end is a simple and old-timey finish.

  • Anderson's is an old, old family-run business, which started out as an old-timey drug-store selling some books on the side.

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    Cory Doctorow

  • It was papered in pale blue and had a little, old-timey toilet table with sconces for candles.

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    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Why even his language had the stilted shaping of the characters in most of these old-timey classical novels.