old-timer

An old-timer is someone who's been around a long time and has experienced a lot. When you get a new job, the old-timers there are the ones who can show you how things are done.

Old-timers are veterans — they're been through it all. The old-timers in a busy office might reminisce about the days before computers, when everyone used typewriters and Rolodexes, and the old-timers in your neighborhood can tell you how quiet it used to be. You can also use this noun to mean "elderly person," like your grandpa and his buddies: "There are so many old-timers at the gym lately, I can never find a free treadmill."

Definitions of old-timer
  1. noun
    an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    synonyms: old hand, old stager, oldtimer, stager, veteran, warhorse
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    type of:
    expert
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  2. noun
    an elderly man
    synonyms: antique, gaffer, old geezer, oldtimer
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    type of:
    Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
    a man who is very old
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