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  1. an old or elderly person.
  2. (in the British navy) a midshipman of four years' standing.
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Origin of oldster

1810–20; old + -ster, modeled on youngster
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Related Words for oldster

head, ancient, matriarch, patriarch, grandfather, grandmother, elder, old-timer, pensioner, doyen, doyenne, first-born, golden-ager

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Historical Examples of oldster

  • But as an oldster I can be heartily thankful for the novels of the 1-10 Geo.

    Roundabout Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Hurrying back to his comrades he cried "I have seen the oldster of the dreams."

  • Reluctantly, the oldster backed away and fell into the chair again.


    Mike Lewis

  • "Orenians coming," he grunted, and went back out to join the oldster.


    Mike Lewis

  • Yet, no: William really had some oddities that would have caught even an oldster's eye.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

British Dictionary definitions for oldster


  1. informal an older person
  2. British navy a person who has been a midshipman for four years
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Word Origin and History for oldster


1818, colloquial, from old + -ster, on analogy of youngster.

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