- of modest or insignificant size, importance, or influence: a small-time politician.
Origin of small-time
- a circuit of minor theaters giving three or more shows daily.
Origin of small time
Related Wordspetty, bush-league, dinky, inconsequential, insignificant, low, piddling, secondary, trivial, two-bit, unimportant, inconsiderable
Examples from the Web for small-time
Last August, a small-time classic rock cover band performed at a bar called 69 Taps in Medina, outside Cleveland.BMI Reminds Ohio Bar: Cover Songs Don’t Come for Free
March 27, 2014
Did Christie Go Easy on a Sex Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?The Best of the Beast, March 16-22
March 23, 2014
It is simply the best portrait of small-time showbiz hustlers ever made.Woody Allen’s Best & Worst Movies: ‘Annie Hall’ ‘Match Point’ & More (Video)
July 26, 2013
In that case, and not only due to our efforts, Dobbs lost his job on CNN and was moved over to small-time radio.Southern Poverty Law Center: Right-Wing Hate Rises Along With Obama
March 9, 2013
Ken Diamondstone introduced himself as a small-time developer from Brooklyn.‘The Gatekeepers,’ Brooklyn College BDS Forum: Week of Israel Debate
February 8, 2013
It's no job at all to run a bluff on a small-time crook like that.The Brand of Silence
The old school spirit was okay for football games, and even for small-time wars, but he had never felt much of it.Way of a Rebel
Walter M. Miller
You may have a year of doing three or four shows a day on "small-time," as it is called, which is splendid experience for you.The Art of Stage Dancing
- informal insignificant; minora small-time criminal
Word Origin and History for small-time
1910, originally theater slang for lower-salaried circuits, or ones requiring more daily performances; from noun phrase (also 1910). Cf. big time.
Idioms and Phrases with small-time
A modest or minor level of achievement, as in Her success took her out of the small time to prime-time television. This expression was originally used in vaudeville for second-rate theaters and productions. [Early 1900s] Also see big time, def. 2.