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Meaning & Definition of Old in English

English

Old

/oʊld/

noun

1. Past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

    synonym:
  • old

adjective

1. (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?"
    synonym:
  • old

2. Of long duration

  • Not new
  • "Old tradition"
  • "Old house"
  • "Old wine"
  • "Old country"
  • "Old friendships"
  • "Old money"
    synonym:
  • old

3. (used for emphasis) very familiar

  • "Good old boy"
  • "Same old story"
    synonym:
  • old(a)

4. Skilled through long experience

  • "An old offender"
  • "The older soldiers"
    synonym:
  • old
  • ,
  • older

5. Belonging to some prior time

  • "Erstwhile friend"
  • "Our former glory"
  • "The once capital of the state"
  • "Her quondam lover"
    synonym:
  • erstwhile(a)
  • ,
  • former(a)
  • ,
  • old
  • ,
  • onetime(a)
  • ,
  • one-time(a)
  • ,
  • quondam(a)
  • ,
  • sometime(a)

6. (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"
    synonym:
  • honest-to-god
  • ,
  • honest-to-goodness
  • ,
  • old(a)
  • ,
  • sure-enough(a)

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • Old

8. Just preceding something else in time or order

  • "The previous owner"
  • "My old house was larger"
    synonym:
  • previous(a)
  • ,
  • old

Examples of using

I look younger than 20 years old.
I'm twelve years old.
I am fascinated by clouds and clocks on old photographs - perhaps because they can be understood as symbols of the transience and continuous passage of time.