Definition of old-time in English:

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adjective

[attributive]
  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the past; long-standing: the charm of old-time steam engines
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    • In contrast, most DPP politicians are old-time democracy activists with ample campaign experience.
    • No wonder old-time sailors deserted their square-rigged ships for such delights, after months at sea on hard-tack and briny water.
    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • What Califone have come up with is a real old-time down-home country-fried sound.
    Synonyms
    old style, former, past, bygone, historic, heritage, antique, antiquarian, early, classical, traditional, folk, old-world, ancestral, time-honoured, ancient, veteran, vintage, quaint
  • 1.2Denoting ballroom dances in which a sequence of dance steps is repeated throughout, as opposed to modern dancing in which steps may be varied.
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    • 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.
    • 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).

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