What does OLD mean?

Definitions for OLDoʊld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word OLD.

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    Obsolete; out-of-date.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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Old

    ōld, adj. advanced in years: having been long in existence: worn out: out of date, old-fashioned: ancient, former, antique, early: (coll.) great, high: having the age or duration of: long practised: sober, wise.—n. Old-clothes′man, one who buys cast-off garments.—v.i. Old′en, to grow old, to become affected by age.—adj. old, ancient.—adj. Old-fash′ioned, of a fashion like that used long ago: out of date: clinging to old things and old styles: with manners like those of a grown-up person (said of a child).—n. Old-fash′ionedness.—adjs. Old-fō′gyish, like an old fogy; Old-gen′tlemanly, characteristic of an old gentleman; Old′ish, somewhat old; Old′-light, denoting those of the Seceders from the Church of Scotland who continued to hold unchanged the principle of the connection between church and state—the position maintained by the first Seceders in 1733.—n. one of this body.—ns. Old-maid′hood, Old-maid′ism.—adj. Old-maid′ish, like the conventional old maid, prim.—ns. Old′ness; Old′ster (coll.), a man getting old: a midshipman of four years' standing, a master's mate.—adj. Old′-time, of or pertaining to times long gone by: of long standing: old-fashioned.—n. Old′-tim′er, one who has lived in a place or kept a position for a long time.—adjs. Old-wom′anish, like an old woman; Old′-world, belonging to earlier times, antiquated, old-fashioned.—n. the Eastern Hemisphere.—Old age, the later part of life; Old bachelor, an unmarried man somewhat advanced in years; Old English (see English): the form of black letter used by 16th-century English printers; Old gold, a dull gold colour like tarnished gold, used in textile fabrics; Old Harry, Nick, One, &c., the devil; Old Hundred, properly Old Hundredth, a famous tune set in England about the middle of the 16th century to Kethe's version of the 100th Psalm, marked 'Old Hundredth' in Tate and Brady's new version in 1696; Old maid, a woman who has not been married, and is past the usual age of marriage: a simple game played by matching cards from a pack from which a card (usually a queen) has been removed; Old man, unregenerate human nature: (coll.) one's father, guardian, or employer (usually with 'the'); Old Red Sandstone (see Sand); Old salt, an experienced sailor; Old school, of, or resembling, earlier days, old-fashioned; Old song, a mere trifle, a very small price; Old squaw, a sea-duck of the northern hemisphere—also Old wife; Old Style (often written with a date O.S.), the mode of reckoning time before 1752, according to the Julian calendar or year of 365¼ days; Old Testament (see Testament); Old Tom, a strong kind of English gin; Old wife, a prating old woman, or even a man: a chimney-cap for curing smoking.—Of old, long ago, in ancient times, or belonging to such. [A.S. eald; Dut. oud; Ger. alt.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of OLD in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of OLD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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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