Definition of oldie in English:



  • 1informal An old song, film, or television programme that is still well known or popular.

    ‘collections of pop oldies’
    • ‘My friend stayed in the room that had the live band playing oldies and top forty songs.’
    • ‘He has already presented 200 shows and treated packed audiences with songs ranging from lyrical oldies to pulsating latest chart busters.’
    • ‘Some major record companies have been pushing to introduce flexible pricing, charging more for hit songs and less for oldies, for example.’
    • ‘There was an amusing mix of classical and oldies in the film.’
    • ‘Dad turned on the radio to a channel that played oldies and some new hit songs which was cool, because I wouldn't be stuck listening to Chicago for two hours.’
    • ‘These musicians covered everything pop - from oldies to hip-hop to alternapop to bubblegum.’
    • ‘Some Saturdays we play all oldies and others we play so many different songs.’
    • ‘A pop song from the 1980s played on the speakers, a musty oldie, something about childhood, a song about innocence.’
    • ‘Electronica is not my kind of music, I'm more into musicals and oldies, but I am open to anything that is good.’
    • ‘They played oldies, and most of the people there were around our age.’
    • ‘Why would a record company place a newly discovered work of art on an album that's a collection of oldies and call it a bonus track?’
    • ‘Shadow sings selections from British and American musicals for the first part and her original songs, together with Shanghai oldies, in the second.’
    • ‘And the oldies are played by rapidly aging DJs trying to recapture the glory years of early AM Radio.’
    • ‘Many new games, but also a few oldies were played during the 7th Ludopathic Gathering.’
    • ‘If we ask Lameville High to provide it we'll probably end up playing oldies.’
    • ‘When she was older, would the radio stations be playing the same oldies they do now, or music from her time.’
    • ‘I turn on the radio and listen to the oldies as they play again and again on the local station.’
    • ‘The first three are classic oldies, the fourth and fifth are recent pop hits, and the next three should be familiar to any music geek worth their salt.’
    • ‘Many of the songs sound like rehashed versions of oldies while the band also indulges in experiments with tape loops and minimalist restrictions.’
    • ‘Clare's songs are again a mix of favourite oldies and cracking originals, not a misfire among them, taking in pop, big band and samba but possessing a distinctive style.’
    1. 1.1An older person.
      ‘we oldies can still find digging satisfying, even enjoyable’
      • ‘Pin the wrinkle on the oldie, cellulite toss or blind-man-so-give-me-my-specs-please perhaps?’
      • ‘I don't think Helen need worry about lack of funds in her old age - there will be far fewer real oldies around to share the national wealth.’
      • ‘But I don't recall her ever mugging any fellow oldies in the Post Office pensions queue.’
      • ‘He was then dropped into various oldie clubs (day centres etc) and less wrinkly locations to give him an insight in what it would be like to be old.’