[əʊld] or [old]
(noun.) past times (especially in the phrase `in days of 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' .
(adj.) skilled through long experience; 'an old offender'; 'the older soldiers' .
(adj.) of long duration; not new; 'old tradition'; 'old house'; 'old wine'; 'old country'; 'old friendships'; 'old money' .
(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?' .
(adj.) (used for emphasis) very familiar; 'good old boy'; 'same old story' .
Typist: Miguel--From WordNet
(n.) Open country.
(superl.) Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree.
(superl.) Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship.
(superl.) Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise.
(superl.) Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; -- designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old.
(superl.) Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.
(superl.) Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
(superl.) Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
(superl.) More than enough; abundant.
(superl.) Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
(superl.) Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
(superl.) Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . Aged, elderly, not young, of advanced age, advanced in years.. Ancient, antique, antiquated, old-fashioned, olden, not modern.. Of long date, not new.. Going to decay, worn out.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Aged, pristine, long-standing, ancient, preceding, antiquated, obsolete,senile_antique
ANT:Youthful, young, recent, fresh, modern, subsequent, newfashioned, current
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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 365?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.
Unserious Contents or Definition
adj. In that stage of usefulness which is not inconsistent with general inefficiency as an old man. Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste as an old book.
- Old Steiler was standing at the porch of his hotel. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- May I ask how old he is, ma'am? Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- They mostly began to reign as old men, and their reigns were short, averaging less than two years each. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- The grate might have been the old brazier, and the glow might have been the old hollow down by the flare. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- So old an art, and so great and continuous a need for its products necessarily must have resulted in much development and progress. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands, said Mrs. March decidedly. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- The energy which had at once supported him under his old sufferings and aggravated their sharpness, had been gradually restored to him. Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities.
- He was mentally the new thing in history, negligent of and rather ignorant of the older things out of which his new world had arisen. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- At Cnossos there are Neolithic remains as old or older than any of the pre-dynastic remains of Egypt. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- As brittle as crockery, sir, and as old as the church, if not older. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- Blandois accepted the commission with his own free elegance of manner, and swore he would discharge it before he was an hour older. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- Why, then, it is that you will marry some one very rich and very worthy, much older--five and twenty years, perhaps--than yourself. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- The foreign commerce of Portugal is of older standing than that of any great country in Europe, except Italy. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- The older one, who had been so fierce, began to sob. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- Old Uncle Peter sung both de legs out of dat oldest cheer, last week, suggested Mose. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Sarkoja was at this time Tars Tarkas' oldest and most trusted female. Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars.
- We seem to want the oldest and simplest human clothing where the clothing of the earth is so primitive. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- That the oldest had still hopes of living one day longer, and looked on death as the greatest evil, from which nature always prompted him to retreat. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- The oldest friend I ever had, and not-- She was not always your friend, Amelia, the Major said, for he was quite angry. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- There is nothing to eat over there, and the oldest boy came to tell me they were suffering hunger and cold. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Wessex Plate [it ran] 50 sovs each h ft with 1000 sovs added for four and five year olds. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
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