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noun, plural old·ies.
  1. oldie.
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or old·y

noun Informal.
  1. a popular song, joke, movie, etc., that was in vogue at a time in the past.
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Origin of oldie

First recorded in 1870–75; old + -ie
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  • "I only hope he won't be an oldy old widower," said Della thoughtfully.

    Ethel Morton's Holidays

    Mabell S. C. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for oldy


noun informal
  1. an old person or thing
  2. Australian a parentchildren and their oldies
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Word Origin and History for oldy



"an old person," 1874; "an old tune or film," 1940, from old + -ie. Related: Oldies, which is attested by 1961 as a radio format.

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