Definitions for oldness

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word oldness

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. oldness(noun)

    the opposite of youngness

  2. oldness(noun)

    the quality of being old; the opposite of newness


  1. oldness(Noun)

    The state of being old; age.

  2. Origin: ealdnes, corresponding to .


Find a translation for the oldness definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these oldness definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"oldness." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 27 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for oldness?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for oldness: