Definition of old-time in English:



  • 1attributive Relating to or characteristic of the past; long-standing.

    ‘the charm of old-time steam engines’
    • ‘What we have, in fact, is a collection of essays by people who are mostly not so much new technologists as old-time literary types (even if they are young-ish).’
    • ‘These discussions are just variations on old-time advertising discussions, which assume that customers will buy your product if you interrupt them enough times.’
    • ‘Not only the sugar, of course, but also the rum into which it was converted - a great favourite with old-time sailors and still popular with visitors today.’
    • ‘‘We're one of the last of the old-time communities,’ he notes.’
    • ‘The whole idea of talking openly and sharing your feelings is antithetical to the good old-time values of emotional repression on which this country was founded.’
    • ‘After all, the old-time merry-making of the frontier furnished the best symbol of political action in a democracy.’
    • ‘Is it a way to create a sense of old-time quality in a newfangled product?’
    • ‘When the Anthology came out, there were eighty-two cuts, all the old-time stuff.’
    • ‘The test marketing of the sadder-but-wiser Dean began Thursday morning with a well-attended rally in the old-time opera house in Lebanon.’
    • ‘A favorite old-time North American remedy used by the 19th century Thompsonian and Eclectic herb doctors is called Composition Powder.’
    • ‘In contrast, most DPP politicians are old-time democracy activists with ample campaign experience.’
    • ‘I don't buy this little piece of old-time liberal self-flagellation, thanks very much.’
    • ‘In fact, ‘anti’ just about everything except those old-time, love-your-neighbour Christian issues: the death penalty and the freedom to bear arms.’
    • ‘Arizona has 160 miles of it, studded occasionally with one-street towns that still have the air of the old-time 66.’
    • ‘It's like an old-time club in a lot of ways with guys’
    • ‘You had this piece of oratory tonight from Jessie, you know, the old-time stuff.’
    • ‘A stroll through Harlem with him is like a walk down memory lane as he points to abandoned and renovated sites that are historically dear to old-time residents of Harlem.’
    • ‘No wonder old-time sailors deserted their square-rigged ships for such delights, after months at sea on hard-tack and briny water.’
    • ‘But 2002 was also a year in which careers suddenly moved backward and forward as if reputations were determined by a spin of the wheel in an old-time children's board game.’
    • ‘The only problem is that the present weakness of civic society largely arises from the very measures those old-time socialists enacted with such determination.’
    • ‘She sighed the familiar refrain, stinging as an old-time blues note: ‘All I have is the clothes on my back.’’
    • ‘Strangely enough, De Lisle also is a remarkably good singer of old-time country songs, a skill she demonstrates on her heartbreakingly beautiful new record, The Graceful Ghost.’
    • ‘The old-time nanny was a gem to the children in her care.’
    • ‘I remember a First Amendment course taught by an old-time socialist.’
    • ‘I don't comment a lot, but I do wade into the threads from time to time for that old-time Usenet flavor.’
    • ‘I've stopped bothering with this, partly on the grounds that I can't see how even old-time potato growers with large fields could go to all that trouble and partly because, in my own garden, it didn't seem to make the slightest difference.’
    • ‘I worked hard - as a lot of other sort of old-time reporters have - to try to have a better historic relationship between the military and the press.’
    • ‘Partying it up onstage, he took the crowd through a trip of old-time hits, covering some of the most popular tunes of our time.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister who yesterday lectured us on the growth of bad manners dished it out to the old-time union chiefs and Old Labour dinosaurs.’
    • ‘The flannel-wearing old-time slacker is at it again, and still doing a damn fine job of pumping out some substantial material.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be without my Sky Plus, but I do occasionally come over all nostalgic when I think about old-time television.’
    • ‘He was a breath of fresh air after the chap I'd had before who died, an old-time Oxford don.’
    • ‘After the muscle-shocking sessions we drank wine and beer and got drunk and carried on like the old-time weight lifters back in the 1800s or early 1900s.’
    • ‘Yet more evidence of the hand replaced by the computer, and the waning of old-time methods and skills.’
    • ‘It was an old-time variety show, but he said, I want at least seven shows.’
    • ‘But it's not at all bad if you want that old-time radio feeling, as I often do. 11 MB is much crisper.’
    • ‘The old-time reactionary press barons are a dying breed - he is probably the last of his kind.’
    • ‘I borrowed it from an old-time American politician of decades ago.’
    • ‘And there were also some old-time publishers and their employees who were reluctant to adopt new ways of doing things.’
    • ‘Cuban culture became so entrenched that old-time residents of Tampa proper began referring to the cigar town as ‘little Havana.’’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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    1. 1.1US Denoting traditional or folk styles of American popular music, such as gospel or bluegrass.
      ‘as far as old-time sounds go, he's the current Nashville kingpin’
      • ‘The festival had the best buck-dancers and cloggers that I'd encountered here, perfect for the old-time fiddle tunes and claw-hammer stuff that we play.’
      • ‘Too many artists who go for an old-time country sound end up sounding corny and cartoonish, insulting their favourite music rather than paying tribute to it.’
      • ‘Colonel Tom and crew return with another collection of old-time country ditties.’
      • ‘And there will be no shortage of traditional music and some old-time country songs to entertain the patrons.’
      • ‘Holland pursues an old-time Americana sound, without the academic self-consciousness or the intrusive musicianly flair that often soils such endeavours.’
      • ‘If you are into old-time country and blues, and country blues, it should be a satisfying record.’
      • ‘One of the bands will play pop music while the other will entertain diners with old-time swing classics.’
      • ‘One of her sons, Matt, fronts a popular band which specialises in ceilidh and old-time country music.’
      • ‘Indeed, you have to admit, the concept of two gay guys - one in overalls and a suit coat, and the other in a dress - hosting a TV variety show and playing old-time hillbilly country tunes is a little out there.’
      • ‘He parted his hair on the side, wore his socks too high, and liked old-time country music.’
      • ‘By not strictly adhering to the various molds of old-time folk, blues, and country, Pajo has captured the essence of the music he once shallowly emulated.’
      • ‘The Lee Valley String Band from Cork, regarded by many as one of Ireland's foremost exponents of bluegrass and old-time American music, were popular favourites on their first visit.’
      • ‘Apart from that, I'm getting ready for my first gig as an old-time fiddler, next weekend at the Tannehill Opry.’
      • ‘Still, the originals are mostly strong, and a few of the covers work surprisingly well when recast as old-time country pop tunes.’
      • ‘The bulk of the entertainment for the occasion was provided by local group, Whispers, who were a hit with their old-time waltzes and traditional music.’
      • ‘He proves he's capable of stretching out a narrative in the extended tale of Susanna Little, a saga of prejudice and bigotry set to old-time piano and fiddle.’
      • ‘While he's impeccably assured and well-versed in real old-time country blues, his approach to song structure is equally impressionistic.’
      • ‘Her role in the film is small but very effective, as she brings an emotional rawness to a number of old-time gospel hymns.’
      • ‘What Califone have come up with is a real old-time down-home country-fried sound.’
      • ‘Like old-time blues singers, she sounds as if there's an eternal spiritual struggle raging, even when she doesn't name it.’
      old style, former, past, bygone, historic, heritage, antique, antiquarian, early, classical, traditional, folk, old-world, ancestral, time-honoured, ancient, veteran, vintage, quaint
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    2. 1.2 Denoting ballroom dances in which a sequence of dance steps is repeated throughout, as opposed to modern dancing in which steps may be varied.
      ‘lessons in ballroom or old-time dancing’
      • ‘A special feature of the night will be an old-time waltzing contest, with a special trophy being presented in honour of Michael.’
      • ‘If you're keen on learning old-time or ballroom dancing, now's the time.’
      • ‘Duncan added that his father enjoyed old-time sequence dancing and crown green bowling.’
      • ‘Iris was active in a local choir and enjoyed walking and old-time dancing, and Joe was a keen table tennis player.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, on Sunday everyone is welcome to an evening of old-time dancing at the Victoria Hall, in Grange-over-Sands, from 7.30-10 pm.’
      • ‘Fireworks, frisbees and old-time dance moves were captured by the roving pair and can be seen on individual handheld monitors procured from Dare-dare (corner Berri and Viger).’
      • ‘In later years he discovered a great love of dancing which included old-time dancing as well as set-dancing which he loved very much and excelled at in Meehans, Killorans and all the spots for the previous years of his life.’
      • ‘I was gone before she took the floor for old-time waltzes.’