Definitions for oldoʊld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oldoʊld(adj.)old•er, old•est; eld•er, eld•est

  1. (adj.)having lived or existed for a comparatively long time; far advanced in years or life:

    an old man; an old building.

  2. of or pertaining to the latter part of life or existence:

    old age.

  3. having lived or existed for a specified time:

    a six-month-old company.

  4. having lived or existed as specified with relation to younger or newer ones:

    our oldest child.

  5. deteriorated through age or long use; worn, decayed, or dilapidated:

    old clothes.

  6. of long standing; having been such for a comparatively long time:

    an old friend.

  7. no longer in general use:

    This typewriter is an old model.

  8. having been replaced or supplanted by something newer or more recent:

    We sold our old house.

  9. former:

    one of my old classmates.

  10. long known or in use: overfamiliar to the point of tedium:

    the same old excuse.

    That joke gets old fast.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. belonging to the past:

    the good old days.

  12. of or originating at an earlier period or date:

    old maps.

  13. having been in existence since the distant past:

    an old family.

  14. prehistoric; ancient:

    old civilizations.

  15. (cap.) (of a language) in its oldest known period, as attested by the earliest written records:

    Old Czech.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  16. experienced:

    an old sailor.

  17. sedate, sensible, mature, or wise:

    a child old beyond her years.

  18. as if or appearing to be far advanced in years:

    Worry had made him old.

  19. (of colors) dull, faded, or subdued.

  20. (of land forms) far advanced in reduction by erosion or the like.

  21. (used to indicate affection, familiarity, disparagement, or a personalization): that dirty old thing.

  22. (used as an intensive):

    a high old time.

    Category: Informal

  23. (n.)the old,old persons collectively.

  24. a person or animal of a specified age or age group (used in combination):

    a program for six-year-olds.

  25. time long past:

    days of old.

Origin of old:

bef. 900; ME; OE eald, ald, c. OFris, OS ald, OHG, G alt, Go altheis; akin to ON ellrielder1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. old(adj)

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

  2. old(adj)

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

    "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"

  3. old(adj)

    of long duration; not new

    "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"

  4. old(a)(adj)

    (used for emphasis) very familiar

    "good old boy"; "same old story"

  5. old, older(adj)

    skilled through long experience

    "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"

  6. erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)(adj)

    belonging to some prior time

    "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"

  7. honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(a), sure-enough(a)(adj)

    (used informally especially for emphasis)

    "a real honest-to-god live cowboy"; "had us a high old time"; "went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"

  8. Old(adj)

    of a very early stage in development

    "Old 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"

  9. previous(a), old(adj)

    just preceding something else in time or order

    "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. old(adjective)ʊld

    not young

    an old man; my oldest son

  2. oldʊld

    not new

    an old car; She's one of my oldest friends.

  3. oldʊld

    indicates the age of sb or sth

    How old are you?; The house is around 15 years old.

  4. oldʊld

    previous or from the past

    old teaching methods; my old school


  1. old(Noun)

    People who are old; old beings.

  2. old(Noun)

    The older generation.

  3. old(Adjective)

    Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.

  4. old(Adjective)

    Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.

    a wrinkled old man

  5. old(Adjective)

    Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.

    An old loaf of bread.

  6. old(Adjective)

    Of an item that has been used and so is not new .

    I find that an old toothbrush is good to clean the keyboard with.

  7. old(Adjective)

    Having existed or lived for the specified time.

  8. old(Adjective)

    Former, previous.

  9. old(Adjective)

    That is no longer in existence.

    The footpath follows the route of an old railway line.

  10. old(Adjective)

    Obsolete; out-of-date.

    That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way.

  11. old(Adjective)


    When he got drunk and quarrelsome they just gave him the old heave-ho.

  12. old(Adjective)


    Your constant pestering is getting old.

  13. old(Adjective)

    Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.

  14. old(Adjective)

    A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive.

    We're having a good old time.

  15. Origin: ald, from aldaz, originally a participle form corresponding to Latin altus. Cognate with Dutch oud, Low German old, German alt, West Frisian âld, Scots auld.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'old' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #148

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'old' in Written Corpus Frequency: #218

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'old' in Adjectives Frequency: #4

Anagrams of old

  1. DLO, DOL, dol, LDO, Lod

Translations for old

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


advanced in age

an old man; He is too old to live alone.

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