Meaning of OLD in English


n. 25B6; adjective

old people : ELDERLY, aged, older, senior, advanced in years, venerable; in one's dotage, long in the tooth, grey-haired, grizzled, hoary, past one's prime, not as young as one was, ancient, decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, senescent, senile, superannuated; informal getting on, past it, over the hill, no spring chicken.

old farm buildings : DILAPIDATED, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, ramshackle, decaying, crumbling, disintegrating.

old clothes : WORN, worn out, shabby, threadbare, holey, torn, frayed, patched, tattered, moth-eaten, ragged; old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded; cast-off, hand-me-down; informal tatty.

old cars : ANTIQUE, veteran, vintage.

she's old for her years : MATURE, wise, sensible, experienced, worldly-wise, knowledgeable.

in the old days : BYGONE, past, former, olden, of old, previous, early, earlier, earliest; medieval, ancient, classical, primeval, primordial, prehistoric.

the same old phrases : HACKNEYED, hack, banal, trite, overused, overworked, tired, worn out, stale, clichéd, platitudinous, unimaginative, stock, conventional; out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, hoary; informal old hat, corny, played out.

an old girlfriend : FORMER, previous, ex-, one-time, sometime, erstwhile; formal quondam.

young, new, modern.

25A0; old age DECLINING YEARS, advanced years, age, oldness, winter/autumn of one's life, senescence, senility, dotage.

25A0; old man

SENIOR CITIZEN, pensioner, OAP, elder, grandfather; patriarch; informal greybeard, codger; Brit. informal buffer; archaic grandsire, ancient.

(informal) her old man was away. : See husband noun .

25A0; old person SENIOR CITIZEN, senior, (old-age) pensioner, OAP, elder, geriatric, dotard, Methuselah; N. Amer. golden ager; informal old stager, old-timer, oldie, wrinkly, crock, crumbly; N. Amer. informal oldster, woopie.

25A0; old woman

SENIOR CITIZEN, pensioner, OAP, crone; informal old dear; archaic beldam, grandam.

(informal) his old woman threw him out. : See wife .

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