Origin of Old
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 *altós (“grown, tall, big"). Cognate with Scots auld (“old"), North Frisian ool, ual, uul (“old"), Saterland Frisian oold (“old"), West Frisian âld (“old"), Dutch oud (“old"), Low German old (“old"), German alt (“old"), Swedish äldre (“older, elder"), Icelandic eldri (“older, elder"), Latin altus (“high, tall, grown big, lofty"). Related to eld.
A representation of the pronunciation of hold by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]).
Middle English from Old English eald al-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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