Definitions for oldoʊld

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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"


  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    Obsolete; out-of-date.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.


  1. O.L.D.

    OLD was a grindcore / industrial metal band from Bergenfield, New Jersey, signed to Earache Records. It featured Alan Dubin on vocals, and James Plotkin on guitars and programming, both of whom would later form the experimental doom metal band Khanate.

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 for old »

  1. DLO, DOL, dol, LDO, Lod

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

    I'm old. Not obsolete.

  2. Ben Carson:

    That was the old plan.

  3. Charles de Gaulle:

    Old age is a shipwreck.

  4. Amy Wenslow:

    There’s that old adage.

  5. Thomas Fuller:

    Old foxes want no tutors.

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