1. adj. Having aesthetic or intrinsic charactaristics that bring to mind things that are generally old-fashioned. In the aesthetic sense, this is similar in concept to the term retro
, however, "Old-Timey" is usually used to express something slightly more primitive than "retro
". Generally, the term "retro
" is almost never used to describe things that are aesthetically relative to anything older than about 80 years old, (or generally just the 1920's) and usually represents cutting-edge thought, technology and design of a particular bygone era, usually sometime between 80 and 20 years preceeding the current date.
"Old Timey", on the other hand, is usually used to express someone or something whose general air is more generalized and primitive, and might have a much broader range of nostalgia, usually identifying with things only as recent as fifty years before the current date to two hundred years prior. Anything older than two hundred years old is sort of too old to be considered old-timey.
There is a bit of overlap between Old-Timey and retro
, however, there are things that are Old-Timey that are certainly not retro
, and vice versa.
A more obvious example might be that of the game Pac-Man. Pac-Man is retro
Of a nature of times past. Rarely replicated in our modern world. Folksy. Often this term is used to describe some thing or process that is not modern. However, it can also mean something that is of uncompromising quality.
Person 1: How come your contractor doesn't use a nailgun to frame? Why does he insist on using his hammer?
Person 2: I guess he's old timey.
Of a crappy nature; not refined or developed; poor quality; shoddy
I only got to first base with my Old Timey date last night.