[ ohld-ster ]
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  1. an old or elderly person.

  2. (in the British navy) a midshipman of four years' standing.

Origin of oldster

1810–20; old + -ster, modeled on youngster

Words Nearby oldster

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How to use oldster in a sentence

  • "Calm down, Han," Rhes said in a quieter voice, taking the oldster's arms in both his hands.

    Deathworld | Harry Harrison
  • The bored-looking desk clerk—a withered-looking oldster who was probably a retired Starman—gave Alan his room number.

    Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg
  • "I never guess," the oldster with the silver bar and the keystone-shaped red patch on his left shoulder replied.

    The Return | H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • “Done,” replied the oldster, throwing the contents of his hand at Jerry with all his force.

    The King's Own | Captain Frederick Marryat
  • For a moment, the oldster turned his attention from watching for the thing that was coming, and considered him fondly.

    The Natives | Katherine MacLean

British Dictionary definitions for oldster


/ (ˈəʊldstə) /

  1. informal an older person

  2. British navy a person who has been a midshipman for four years

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