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Definition of old-time in English:

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.
Example sentences
  • 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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