old-timey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

old-time +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

old-timey (comparative more old-timey, superlative most old-timey)

  1. (US, informal) Reminiscent or representative of an older time.
    • 1951, Margaret Cussler, Not by a Long Shot: Adventures of a Documentary Film Producer, p. 51:
      One of the main charms of the Southern scene was the number of "old-timey" practices that persisted.
    • 1994, Nancy Sweezy, Raised in Clay: The Southern Pottery Tradition, p. 274:
      Whereas some of the potters making unglazed gardenware have expanded their production, others now also make some "old-timey" utilitarian glazed stoneware.
    • 2000, Nate Shaw, Theodore Rosengarten, All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw, p. 524:
      That white man buys up all this old-timey stuff he can get his hands on, all through this country. The very tools I lived by, he sells em for antiques.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used to indicate a modern simulation of an earlier time, rather than authentic remnants of that time.