: of, relating to, or characteristic of an earlier period
old-time songs
: of long standing
old-time residents

Examples of old-time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut old-time photos to make festive paper ornaments. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 Ferrell speaks — and sings — in her own language, blending country, bluegrass, jazz, pop, old-time, and ragtime, with a stage aesthetic that’s like a hillbilly Moulin Rouge. Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone, 18 Jan. 2024 In addition, the U.K. plans to push its growing wind harvest south toward London via six more offshore HVDC cables, running shore-to-shore like patch cords in an old-time telephone switchboard. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2023 The decision to appear in the film’s epilogue, which is shot as an old-time radio play, came almost by default but took on a larger meaning for the director. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Dec. 2023 These changes were explained to me vividly by a US old-time government contractor, Mike, who sat with me on the same flight. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Another trick that old-time cyclists showed me was to superglue a nonmagnetic ball bearing into the bolt head. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Contemporary audiences still tend to associate the banjo with white Southern traditions of bluegrass, old-time and what record labels used to market as hillbilly music, but its roots are in Africa, in stringed instruments like the akonting, the buchundu and the ngoni. Adam Bradley Justin French, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 19 of 50 Millionaire Pie Rich and creamy, colorful, and studded with cherries and nuts: old-time favorite Millionaire Pie (which was born in the South) looks like a retro Christmas ornament and tastes divine. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of old-time was in 1824

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“Old-time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-time. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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: of, relating to, or typical of an earlier period
: of long standing
old-time residents

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