An old woman with her caregiver.
- The definition of old is advanced in age or having been around for awhile.
- An example of old is the age of 120.
- An example of old is milk that is past its expiration date.
- Old is used to mean people advanced in age collectively or days past.
- An example of old is a group of elderly people in a senior citizens home.
- An example of old is a Christmas memory from the 1950's.
- having lived or been in existence for a long time; aged
- of, like, or characteristic of aged people; specif., mature in judgment, wise, etc.
- of a certain or specified age or duration: a child ten years old
- made or produced some time ago; not new
- familiar or known from the past; accustomed: up to his old tricks
- designating the form of a language in its earliest attested stage: Old English
- having been in use for a long time; worn out by age or use; shabby
- that was at one time; former: my old teacher
- having had long experience or practice: an old hand at this work
- belonging to the remote past; having existed long ago; ancient: an old civilization
- dating or continuing from some period long before the present; of long standing: an old tradition
- designating the earlier or earliest of two or more: the Old World
- Informal dear: a term of affection or cordiality: old boy
- Informal tiresome, annoying, etc., esp. as a result of repetition or monotony: their incessant chatter has gotten old
- Geol. having reached the stage of greatly decreased activity or showing extensive reduction of topographical form: said of streams, mountain ranges, etc.
Origin of oldMiddle English ; from Old English (Anglian) ald, West Saxon eald, akin to German alt ; from Indo-European base an unverified form al-, to grow from source Classical Latin altus, old, alere, to nourish: basic sense “grown”
- time long past; yore: days of old
- a person of a specified age: used in hyphenated compounds: a six-year-old
- something old: with the
- old people: often with the
- 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.
- Made long ago; in existence for many years: an old book.
- 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.
- Having lived or existed for a specified length of time: She was 12 years old.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- often ol' 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.
- An individual of a specified age: a five-year-old.
- Old people considered as a group. Used with the: caring for the old.
- Former times; yore: in days of old.
Origin of oldMiddle English, from Old English eald; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative older or elder, superlative oldest or eldest)
- Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
- an old abandoned building; an old friend
- Of an item that has been used and so is not new (unused).
- I find that an old toothbrush is good to clean the keyboard with.
- Having existed or lived for the specified time.
- How old are they? She's five years old and he's seven. We also have a young teen and a two-year-old.
- My great-grandfather lived to be a hundred and one years old.
- Of an earlier time.
- Your constant pestering is getting old.
- Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
- A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. (Mostly in idioms like good old, big old and little old, any old and some old.)
- We're having a good old time.
- My next car will be a big old SUV.
- My wife makes the best little old apple pie in Texas.
(countable and uncountable, plural old) (usually used as plural)
- People who are old; old beings; the older generation; usually used with the.
- A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.
From Middle English old, ald, from Old English ald, eald (“old, aged, ancient, antique, primeval"), from Proto-Germanic *aldaz (“grown-up"), originally a participle form from Proto-Indo-European *altÃ³s (“grown, tall, big"). Cognate with Scots auld (“old"), North Frisian ool, ual, uul (“old"), Saterland Frisian oold (“old"), West Frisian Ã¢ld (“old"), Dutch oud (“old"), Low German old (“old"), German alt (“old"), Swedish Ã¤ldre (“older, elder"), Icelandic eldri (“older, elder"), Latin altus (“high, tall, grown big, lofty"). Related to eld.
- Eye dialect spelling of hold.
A representation of the pronunciation of hold by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]).