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English adjective: old

1. old (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

SamplesHis mother is very old.
A ripe old age.
How old are you?.

Similaraged, aged, ageing, aging, ancient, anile, centenarian, darkened, doddering, doddery, elderly, emeritus, gaga, gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, middle-aged, nonagenarian, octogenarian, of age, older, oldish, over-the-hill, overage, overaged, senescent, senile, senior, sexagenarian, superannuated, venerable, white-haired

See alsoexperienced, experient, mature, senior


Antonymsyoung, immature

2. old of long duration; not new

SamplesOld tradition.
Old house.
Old wine.
Old country.
Old friendships.
Old money.

Similarage-old, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, antique, archaic, auld, hand-down, hand-me-down, hoary, immemorial, long-ago, longtime, patched, rusty, secondhand, sunset, used, yellow, yellowed

See alsononcurrent, nonmodern, past, stale, worn



3. old (used for emphasis) very familiar

SamplesGood old boy.
Same old story.



4. old skilled through long experience

SamplesAn old offender.
The older soldiers.


Similarexperienced, experient

Antonymsinexperienced, inexperient

5. old belonging to some prior time

SamplesErstwhile friend.
Our former glory.
The once capital of the state.
Her quondam lover.

Synonymserstwhile, former, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime


Antonymsfuture, present

6. old (used informally especially for emphasis)

SamplesA real honest-to-god live cowboy.
Had us a high old time.
Went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel.

Synonymshonest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, sure-enough

Similarecht, genuine

Antonymscounterfeit, imitative

7. Old of a very early stage in development

SamplesOld English is also called Anglo Saxon.
Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century.


Domain categorylinguistics

Antonymsmiddle, late

8. old just preceding something else in time or order

SamplesThe previous owner.
My old house was larger.




English noun: old

1. old (time) past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

Broader (hypernym)past, past times, yesteryear

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