Definition of oldie in English:



  • 1An old song, film, or television programme that is still well known or popular.

    ‘collections of pop oldies’
    • ‘Shadow sings selections from British and American musicals for the first part and her original songs, together with Shanghai oldies, in the second.’
    • ‘My friend stayed in the room that had the live band playing oldies and top forty songs.’
    • ‘And the oldies are played by rapidly aging DJs trying to recapture the glory years of early AM Radio.’
    • ‘Dad turned on the radio to a channel that played oldies and some new hit songs which was cool, because I wouldn't be stuck listening to Chicago for two hours.’
    • ‘These musicians covered everything pop - from oldies to hip-hop to alternapop to bubblegum.’
    • ‘Why would a record company place a newly discovered work of art on an album that's a collection of oldies and call it a bonus track?’
    • ‘Many of the songs sound like rehashed versions of oldies while the band also indulges in experiments with tape loops and minimalist restrictions.’
    • ‘Clare's songs are again a mix of favourite oldies and cracking originals, not a misfire among them, taking in pop, big band and samba but possessing a distinctive style.’
    • ‘There was an amusing mix of classical and oldies in the film.’
    • ‘The first three are classic oldies, the fourth and fifth are recent pop hits, and the next three should be familiar to any music geek worth their salt.’
    • ‘When she was older, would the radio stations be playing the same oldies they do now, or music from her time.’
    • ‘Some major record companies have been pushing to introduce flexible pricing, charging more for hit songs and less for oldies, for example.’
    • ‘They played oldies, and most of the people there were around our age.’
    • ‘He has already presented 200 shows and treated packed audiences with songs ranging from lyrical oldies to pulsating latest chart busters.’
    • ‘Many new games, but also a few oldies were played during the 7th Ludopathic Gathering.’
    • ‘Electronica is not my kind of music, I'm more into musicals and oldies, but I am open to anything that is good.’
    • ‘A pop song from the 1980s played on the speakers, a musty oldie, something about childhood, a song about innocence.’
    • ‘Some Saturdays we play all oldies and others we play so many different songs.’
    • ‘If we ask Lameville High to provide it we'll probably end up playing oldies.’
    • ‘I turn on the radio and listen to the oldies as they play again and again on the local station.’
    1. 1.1 An older person.
      ‘we oldies can still find digging satisfying, even enjoyable’
      • ‘He was then dropped into various oldie clubs (day centres etc) and less wrinkly locations to give him an insight in what it would be like to be old.’
      • ‘But I don't recall her ever mugging any fellow oldies in the Post Office pensions queue.’
      • ‘Pin the wrinkle on the oldie, cellulite toss or blind-man-so-give-me-my-specs-please perhaps?’
      • ‘I don't think Helen need worry about lack of funds in her old age - there will be far fewer real oldies around to share the national wealth.’