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Old

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Noun

1. old

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

Adjective

1. old

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

Example Sentences:
'his mother is very old'
'a ripe old age'
'how old are you?'

2. old

of long duration; not new

Example Sentences:
'old tradition'
'old house'
'old wine'
'old country'
'old friendships'
'old money'

3. old

(used for emphasis) very familiar

Example Sentences:
'good old boy'
'same old story'

4. old, older

skilled through long experience

Example Sentences:
'an old offender'
'the older soldiers'

5. erstwhile, former, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime

belonging to some prior time

Example Sentences:
'erstwhile friend'
'our former glory'
'the once capital of the state'
'her quondam lover'

6. honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old, sure-enough

(used informally especially for emphasis)

Example Sentences:
'a real honest-to-god live cowboy'
'had us a high old time'
'went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel'

7. old

of a very early stage in development

Example Sentences:
'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'

8. old, previous

just preceding something else in time or order

Example Sentences:
'the previous owner'
'my old house was larger'


1. old

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


1. old

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

Example Sentences:
'his mother is very old'
'a ripe old age'
'how old are you?'

2. old

of long duration; not new

Example Sentences:
'old tradition'
'old house'
'old wine'
'old country'
'old friendships'
'old money'

3. old

(used for emphasis) very familiar

Example Sentences:
'good old boy'
'same old story'

4. old, older

skilled through long experience

Example Sentences:
'an old offender'
'the older soldiers'

5. erstwhile, former, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime

belonging to some prior time

Example Sentences:
'erstwhile friend'
'our former glory'
'the once capital of the state'
'her quondam lover'

6. honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old, sure-enough

(used informally especially for emphasis)

Example Sentences:
'a real honest-to-god live cowboy'
'had us a high old time'
'went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel'

7. old

of a very early stage in development

Example Sentences:
'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'

8. old, previous

just preceding something else in time or order

Example Sentences:
'the previous owner'
'my old house was larger'

Based on WordNet 3.0, Princeton University


Old

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adjective
1. 
having lived or existed for a relatively long time
an old man
an old tradition
old wine
an old house
an old country
2. 
a. 
of or relating to advanced years or a long life
old age
b. 
(as collective noun; preceded by the)
the old
c.  old and young
3. 
decrepit or senile
4. 
worn with age or use
old clothes
an old car
5. 
a. (postpositive)
having lived or existed for a specified period
a child who is six years old
b. 
(in combination)
a six-year-old child
c. 
(as noun in combination)
a six-year-old
6. (capital when part of a name or title)
earlier or earliest of two or more things with the same name
the old edition
the Old Testament
old Norwich
7. (capital when part of a name)
designating the form of a language in which the earliest known records are written
Old English
8. (prenominal)
familiar through long acquaintance or repetition
an old friend
an old excuse
9. 
practised; hardened
old in cunning
10. (prenominal; often preceded by good)
cherished; dear: used as a term of affection or familiarity
good old George
11. informal (with any of several nouns)
used as a familiar form of address to a person
old thing
old bean
old stick
old fellow
12. 
skilled through long experience (esp in the phrase an old hand)
13. 
out-of-date; unfashionable
14. 
remote or distant in origin or time of origin
an old culture
15. (prenominal)
former; previous
my old house was small
16. 
a. (prenominal)
established for a relatively long time
an old member
b. 
(in combination)
old-established
17. 
sensible, wise, or mature
old beyond one's years
18. 
(of a river, valley, or land surface) in the final stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by flat extensive flood plains and minimum relief
See also youthful (sense 4), mature (sense 6)
19. 
(intensifier) (esp in phrases such as a good old time, any old thing, any old how, etc)
20. 
(of crops) harvested late
21.  good old days
22.  little old
23.  the old one
noun
24. 
an earlier or past time (esp in the phrase of old)
in days of old

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Old

see synonyms of old
adjectiveWord forms: ˈolder or ˈelder, ˈoldest or ˈeldest
1. 
having lived or been in existence for a long time; aged
2. 
of, like, or characteristic of aged people; specif., mature in judgment, wise, etc.
3. 
of a certain or specified age or duration
a child ten years old
4. 
made or produced some time ago; not new
5. 
familiar or known from the past; accustomed
up to his old tricks
6.  [often O-]
designating the form of a language in its earliest attested stage
Old English
7. 
having been in use for a long time; worn out by age or use; shabby
8. 
that was at one time; former
my old teacher
9. 
having had long experience or practice
an old hand at this work
10. 
belonging to the remote past; having existed long ago; ancient
an old civilization
11. 
dating or continuing from some period long before the present; of long standing
an old tradition
12. 
designating the earlier or earliest of two or more
the Old World
13.  Informal
dear
a term of affection or cordiality
old boy
14.  Informal
tiresome, annoying, etc., esp. as a result of repetition or monotony
their incessant chatter has gotten old
15.  Geology
having reached the stage of greatly decreased activity or showing extensive reduction of topographical form
said of streams, mountain ranges, etc.
noun
16. 
time long past; yore
days of old
17. 
a person of a specified age
used in hyphenated compounds
a six-year-old
18. 
something old
with the
19. 
old people
often with the

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Old

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adj. old·er, old·est
1.
a. Having lived or existed for a relatively long time; far advanced in years or life.
b. Relatively advanced in age: Pamela is our oldest child.
2. Made long ago; in existence for many years: an old book.
3.
a. Of or relating to a long life or to people who have had long lives: a ripe old age.
b. Having or exhibiting the physical characteristics of age: a prematurely old face.
c. Having or exhibiting the wisdom of age; mature: a child who is old for his years.
4. Having lived or existed for a specified length of time: She was 12 years old.
5.
a. Exhibiting the effects of time or long use; worn: an old coat.
b. Known through long acquaintance; long familiar: an old friend.
c. Skilled or able through long experience; practiced: He is an old hand at doing home repairs.
6.
a. Belonging to a remote or former period in history; ancient: old fossils.
b. Belonging to or being of an earlier time: her old classmates.
c. often Old Being the earlier or earliest of two or more related objects, stages, versions, or periods.
7. Geology
a. Having become slower in flow and less vigorous in action. Used of a river.
b. Having become simpler in form and of lower relief. Used of a landform.
8. often ol' (ōl)
a. Used as an intensive: Come back any old time. Don't give me any ol' excuse.
b. Used to express affection or familiarity: good ol' Sam.
n.
1. An individual of a specified age: a five-year-old.
2. Old people considered as a group. Used with the: caring for the old.
3. Former times; yore: in days of old.

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