Definition of old-timer in English:

old-timer

noun

informal
  • 1A person who has had the same job, membership, or residence, etc., for a long time.

    • ‘She had all the tricks old-timers were taught to enthral connoisseurs.’
    • ‘The old world charm of the former building and its ambience are something that old-timers still miss.’
    • ‘One wonders, however, whether the old-timers on the population-policy team will be able to learn the new disciplines necessary in these circumstances.’
    • ‘Those here before those dates were genuine old-timers, and those who came thereafter were newcomers, although there were degrees in that definition.’
    • ‘Wall Street's old-timers knew from hard experience that, despite the hype, the market could not escape the law of gravity.’
    • ‘It's a very special art to cook on an open fire just like the old-timers used to do.’
    • ‘There's the cold-eyed, creepy stillness and bottled aggression of the ex-military types, the jovial Swanndri bonhomie of the hunters, a swash of piratical old-timers and some adenoidal gun dorks.’
    • ‘Australia's third biggest bank is facing a difficult upcoming AGM as a well-regarded bank manager runs for the board against two old-timers with a bit of baggage.’
    • ‘Presentation is sweet - but will old-timers appreciate the browser taking away their ability to change font sizes through the pull-down menu?’
    • ‘With classic hits like Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, and the chilling One these old-timers of metal have something for everyone.’
    • ‘The egg-and-tomato treatment he received at the hands of Congressmen in the Mumbai University hall (front campus) is still recalled by old-timers.’
    • ‘It suffers from a surprising First Movie generic problem; interior monologue voice-over, which is odd given that the Weitz brothers, whilst not old-timers, are not newbies either.’
    • ‘Some old-timers, like this reviewer, muttered that it might be time to return a little closer to the balance of solemnity that formerly marked such occasions.’
    • ‘Telling this story has reminded me of an old bloke that used to work on our shift, a proper old-timer, years of experience and the stories to go with it.’
    • ‘But Ali did something the old-timers used to do.’
    • ‘There were conferences on the quay between important shore personages and our captain and chief medical officer; and a few of us, old-timers by now, leaned over the rail and joked about being back in the paperwork department again.’
    • ‘But the other half, the old-timers who scrutinize every letter of every policy resolution for any hint of dilution or compromise, would not be so easily persuaded.’
    • ‘Gorman cares about oral history and urges other unions to get out and contact their old-timers before their experiences are lost forever.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, I was the old-timer computer expert and student issues researcher for the student government at the University of British Columbia.’
    • ‘But many old-timers do not like the new arrivals, especially now that some of the beaches have been opened up to the public.’
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    1. 1.1North American An old person.
      • ‘The stories have been told and retold where old-timers gather together to reminisce about others days.’
      • ‘Besides bringing to screen a rarely seen Shakespeare play in India, the film has another extra element, which will probably make old-timers more than nostalgic.’
      • ‘But, in adopting a technique which was widely used 150 years ago, you can easily slip into the habit of writing in the style which the old-timers used.’
      • ‘There's mutual respect among featured surfers of different generations, as if the old-timers, gnarly in years and the kind of waves they pursued, are passing on the baton.’
      • ‘But speak to old-timers and they mention two suspicious deaths in the 1960s, both recorded as accidents.’
      • ‘According to the inhabitants, many left when their children bought flats and moved to the mainland, leaving the island with just some old-timers.’
      • ‘The objective of the meet would be to serve as a platform to channel the collective wisdom of old-timers and youthful enthusiasm to chart out the future of the institution.’
      • ‘The record may well do for these assorted old-timers what the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon achieved for veteran Cuban musicians such as Ibrahim Ferrer.’
      • ‘No wonder old-timers say, ‘They just don't make them like these anymore.’’
      • ‘More likely is that the Old Firm and the other 10 SPL clubs will continue to act like two old-timers snarling at each other across a park bench.’
      • ‘‘Some old-timers don't want to bring up the past,’ Gee explained.’
      • ‘A very few of the old-timers are still around to reminiscence those days.’
      • ‘I say I think I can recommend the book because, belonging as I do to the hairy-eared old-timers, I may not be in the book's true target audience.’
      • ‘These multitude blunders of the FFI 2004 only confirm the opinion that the organizers should be comprised of young people, instead of old-timers who suddenly resurface with the revival of the film scene.’
      • ‘They're both appealingly self-aware of pop's limitations; and, indeed, of their own, as old-timers in a teen-orientated genre.’
      • ‘He had been busy accumulating knowledge, and stories told to him by his grandfather and other old-timers had fired his imagination.’
      • ‘Further along, past the stoic old-timers playing bocci, and a wet-suited man struggling to rig up his windsurfer, a derelict concrete edifice looms high over the beach.’
      • ‘But old-timers say, wall-writings were an effective means of communication.’
      • ‘Evading the police - prominent amongst their number are the requisite hotheaded, ambitious youngster and world-weary old-timer - the assassin hides out in a rooms-by-the-quarter-hour hotel.’
      • ‘The sources he uses are a combination of oral history - that is, he talked to many old-timers - and an assiduous search of local newspapers in the Clyde area.’
      • ‘Interviews with old-timers and vintage footage blend well with gorgeous snowy scenery and soft Gaelic music to paint a flattering picture of this latterly beleaguered resort.’
      • ‘It's about two old-timers who live alone, unmarried, on a farm.’
      • ‘And while old-timers continue to pay homage to him, the next generation is probably not aware of the tremendous void his death has left for Jazz music.’