HyperDic: old

English > 9 senses of the word old / Old:
ADJECTIVEallold(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
alloldof long duration
allold(used for emphasis) very familiar
allold, olderskilled through long experience
allold, erstwhile, former, onetime, one-time, quondam, sometimebelonging to some prior time
allold, bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, swell, smashingvery good
allOldof a very early stage / stage in development
allold, previousjust preceding something else in time or order
NOUNtimeoldpast times (especially in the phrase 'in days of old')
old / Old > pronunciation
Soundsow'ld
Rhymesbehold ... wold: 49 rhymes with owld...
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age.
Examples
  • "his mother is very old"
  • "a ripe old age"
  • "how old are you?"
Attribute ofageHow long something has existed
Narroweraged, elderly, older, seniorAdvanced in years
aged, of ageHaving attained a specific age
aging, ageing, senescentGrowing old
ancientVery old
anileOf or like a feeble old woman
centenarianat least 100 years old
darkened(of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color / color over time
doddering, doddery, gaga, senilementally or physically infirm with age
emeritushonorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title 'emeritus' as in 'professor emeritus'
grey, gray, grey-haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-hairedshowing characteristics / characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
middle-agedroughly between 45 and 65 years old
nonagenarianFrom 90 to 99 years old
octogenarianFrom 80 to 89 years old
oldishSomewhat elderly
overage, overaged, superannuated, over-the-hillToo old to be useful
sexagenarianFrom 60 to 69 years old
venerableimpressive by reason of age
See alsoexperienced, experientHaving experience
matureHaving reached full natural growth or development
seniorolder
Oppositeyoung, immature(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
Spanishanciano, viejo
Catalangran, vell
Nounsoldnessthe opposite of youngness
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 2
MeaningOf long duration; not new.
Examples
  • "old tradition"
  • "old house"
  • "old wine"
  • "old country"
  • "old friendships"
  • "old money"
Attribute ofageHow long something has existed
Narrowerage-old, antiquebelonging to or lasting from times long ago
antediluvian, antiquated, archaicSo extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
antiquemade in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
auldA Scottish word
hand-me-down, hand-downPassed on from one person to another
hoary, rustyancient
immemoriallong past
long-agobelonging to time long gone
longtime, long-timeOf long duration
patchedmended usually clumsily by covering a hole with a patch
secondhand, usedpreviously used or owned by another
sunsetOf a declining industry or technology
yellow, yellowedchanged to a yellowish color by age
See alsononcurrentnot current or belonging to the present time
nonmodernnot modern
pastEarlier than the present time
staleLacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
unfashionable, unstylishnot in accord / accord with or not following current fashion
wornaffected by wear
Oppositenewnot of long duration
Spanishantiguo, viejo
Catalanantic, vell
Nounsoldnessthe quality of being old
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(used for emphasis) very familiar.
Examples
  • "good old boy"
  • "same old story"
Broaderfamiliarwell known or easily recognized
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 4
Meaningskilled through long experience.
Examples
  • "an old offender"
  • "the older soldiers"
Synonymolder
Broaderexperienced, experientHaving experience
Spanishviejo
Catalanvell
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 5
Meaningbelonging to some prior time.
Synonymserstwhile, former, onetime, one-time, quondam, sometime
BroaderpastEarlier than the present time
Spanishantiguo, ex-
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 6
MeaningVery good.
Synonymsbang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing
BroadergoodHaving desirable / desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishbárbaro, bestial, brutal, chachi, enorme, fenomenal, genial, gran, guay, súper
Catalanbestial, brutal, enorme, excel·lent, fantàstic, fenomenal, genial, gran, guai, súper
English > Old: 9 senses > adjective 7
MeaningOf a very early stage / stage in development.
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
BroaderearlyOf an early stage in the development of a language or literature
English > old: 9 senses > adjective 8
MeaningJust preceding something else in time or order.
Example "my old house was larger"
Synonymprevious
BroaderprecedingExisting or coming before
Spanishanterior, previo
Catalanprevi
English > old: 9 senses > noun 1, time
Meaningpast times (especially in the phrase 'in days of old').
Broaderpast, past times, yesteryearThe time that has elapsed
Spanishantaño
Catalanantany

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