old-tim·​er ˈōl(d)-ˈtī-mər How to pronounce old-timer (audio)
: something that is old-fashioned : antique

Examples of old-timer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The old-timers in the audience were thrilled to take another drive down Kingsley Street. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 An old-timer, Grandma, has been a regular for 13 years. Juli Berwald, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Other dedicated old-timers trickle in on e-bikes around noon with coolers full of Presidentes and sandwiches. Allie Conti, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2023 Among old-timers, the incident conjured unsettling memories of David A. Mack and Rafael A. Perez — the disgraced former officers at the center of the Rampart scandal. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023 The 2023 honorees included old-timers in the area, like Vista Community Clinic and the Brother Benno Foundation, which have been around for decades, to newcomers like Mama’s Kitchen, established in San Diego but new to Oceanside. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2023 But her sweet spot was coastal people — firefighters and shrimpers, cooks and cops, loggers, politicians and old-timers — and history. Mark Woolsey, ajc, 16 June 2023 But the membership began to decline in the 2010s as the old-timers died off. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2023 Now the Association of Pickleball Professionals estimates that there are currently 36.5 million pickleball players in the U.S., an impressive number given that for many years pickleball was considered strictly a game for old-timers. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 5 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of old-timer was in 1856

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“Old-timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old-timer. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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: something old-fashioned

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