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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


Attributeage


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


Attributeage


Antonymsnew

3. old (used for emphasis) very familiar


SamplesGood old boy.
Same old story.


Similarfamiliar


Antonymsunfamiliar

4. old skilled through long experience


SamplesAn old offender.
The older soldiers.


Synonymsolder


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


Similarpast


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.


Similarearly


Domain categorylinguistics


Antonymsmiddle, late

8. old just preceding something else in time or order


SamplesThe previous owner.
My old house was larger.


Synonymsprevious


Similarpreceding


Antonymssucceeding


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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