Definition of old-time in English:



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

    ‘the charm of old-time steam engines’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arizona has 160 miles of it, studded occasionally with one-street towns that still have the air of the old-time 66.’
    • ‘But it's not at all bad if you want that old-time radio feeling, as I often do. 11 MB is much crisper.’
    • ‘I don't buy this little piece of old-time liberal self-flagellation, thanks very much.’
    • ‘The old-time reactionary press barons are a dying breed - he is probably the last of his kind.’
    • ‘These discussions are just variations on old-time advertising discussions, which assume that customers will buy your product if you interrupt them enough times.’
    • ‘No wonder old-time sailors deserted their square-rigged ships for such delights, after months at sea on hard-tack and briny water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, ‘anti’ just about everything except those old-time, love-your-neighbour Christian issues: the death penalty and the freedom to bear arms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember a First Amendment course taught by an old-time socialist.’
    • ‘It's like an old-time club in a lot of ways with guys’
    • ‘A favorite old-time North American remedy used by the 19th century Thompsonian and Eclectic herb doctors is called Composition Powder.’
    • ‘I don't comment a lot, but I do wade into the threads from time to time for that old-time Usenet flavor.’
    • ‘Cuban culture became so entrenched that old-time residents of Tampa proper began referring to the cigar town as ‘little Havana.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The old-time nanny was a gem to the children in her care.’
    • ‘In contrast, most DPP politicians are old-time democracy activists with ample campaign experience.’
    • ‘After all, the old-time merry-making of the frontier furnished the best symbol of political action in a democracy.’
    • ‘He was a breath of fresh air after the chap I'd had before who died, an old-time Oxford don.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be without my Sky Plus, but I do occasionally come over all nostalgic when I think about old-time television.’
    • ‘You had this piece of oratory tonight from Jessie, you know, the old-time stuff.’
    • ‘The flannel-wearing old-time slacker is at it again, and still doing a damn fine job of pumping out some substantial material.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘When the Anthology came out, there were eighty-two cuts, all the old-time stuff.’
    • ‘Is it a way to create a sense of old-time quality in a newfangled product?’
    • ‘Yet more evidence of the hand replaced by the computer, and the waning of old-time methods and skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an old-time variety show, but he said, I want at least seven shows.’
    • ‘She sighed the familiar refrain, stinging as an old-time blues note: ‘All I have is the clothes on my back.’’
    • ‘And there were also some old-time publishers and their employees who were reluctant to adopt new ways of doing things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I borrowed it from an old-time American politician of decades ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘And there will be no shortage of traditional music and some old-time country songs to entertain the patrons.’
      • ‘Apart from that, I'm getting ready for my first gig as an old-time fiddler, next weekend at the Tannehill Opry.’
      • ‘Like old-time blues singers, she sounds as if there's an eternal spiritual struggle raging, even when she doesn't name it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of the bands will play pop music while the other will entertain diners with old-time swing classics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Holland pursues an old-time Americana sound, without the academic self-consciousness or the intrusive musicianly flair that often soils such endeavours.’
      • ‘Colonel Tom and crew return with another collection of old-time country ditties.’
      • ‘Still, the originals are mostly strong, and a few of the covers work surprisingly well when recast as old-time country pop tunes.’
      • ‘Her role in the film is small but very effective, as she brings an emotional rawness to a number of old-time gospel hymns.’
      • ‘If you are into old-time country and blues, and country blues, it should be a satisfying record.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While he's impeccably assured and well-versed in real old-time country blues, his approach to song structure is equally impressionistic.’
      • ‘What Califone have come up with is a real old-time down-home country-fried sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of her sons, Matt, fronts a popular band which specialises in ceilidh and old-time country music.’
      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’
      • ‘I was gone before she took the floor for old-time waltzes.’
      • ‘A special feature of the night will be an old-time waltzing contest, with a special trophy being presented in honour of Michael.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Iris was active in a local choir and enjoyed walking and old-time dancing, and Joe was a keen table tennis player.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’