from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An elderly person.

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  • n. Someone who is old-aged

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old or oldish person; a man past middle life.
  • n. In the British navy, a midshipman of four years' standing, or a master's mate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an elderly person


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Derived from old +‎ -ster.


  • He replied, “Yes, and the oldster is become my good friend: my way is his way and he would well I had need of him.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And I really hate being in the position of the "oldster", my God.

    Top Obama Adviser Hits "The Left Wing Of Our Party" For Criticizing Cabinet Picks

  • Posner's view is that an individual is really almost 2 (or more) separate individuals throughout their lives, i.e., one might oppose SS as a youth (like I do, and like I am), but as an "oldster" realize they were wrong.

    Social Security, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • "oldster" (22) was to him an advantage rather than otherwise, for his six years in the Army had given him a certain prestige which was a help to his natural diffidence, and helped to open more doors to him, so that he was not limited to any set.

    A Student in Arms Second Series

  • Every so often, though not enough to establish pattern or arouse suspicion, a grateful oldster, unencumbered by grasping relatives, would leave him everything.

    Shortcut Man

  • So my first thought was a complaint from an irate oldster about a perceived failure of government.

    Andy Shaw: 'Angels' in Search of a Better Government

  • The pressure at a depth of forty feet is no joke for a young man, yet it did not seem to inconvenience this oldster.

    The Water Baby

  • This sixty-year oldster was mortally jealous because I was helping his perfectly rotund wife up and down some steep clay banks and finally turned on me with his knife open vowing that he intended to rip the guts out this young black son-of-a-bitch.

    The Catcher of Songs

  • He was probably no more than forty, but with his deep-set eyes, hollowed-out cheeks, and skeletal frame, Piric looked to be in greater need of medical attention than the oldster he was pushing ahead of him in a wheelchair.

    The Priest

  • Driving around town all morning, I came across an oldster poking around for aluminum.

    Bear Circuit


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