Definition of old-time in English:

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1Relating to or characteristic of the past; long-standing: the charm of old-time steam engines
More example sentences
  • I wouldn't be without my Sky Plus, but I do occasionally come over all nostalgic when I think about old-time television.
  • She sighed the familiar refrain, stinging as an old-time blues note: ‘All I have is the clothes on my back.’
  • In fact, ‘anti’ just about everything except those old-time, love-your-neighbour Christian issues: the death penalty and the freedom to bear arms.
1.1US Denoting traditional or folk styles of American popular music, such as gospel or bluegrass.
Example sentences
  • 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.
old-style, former, past, bygone, old-fashioned, historic;
traditional, folk, ancestral, classical, old-world, quaint


for old times' sake

see sake1.

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Syllabification: old-time

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