Old Definition

ōld
older, oldest, olds, eldest
adjective
older, oldest, eldest
Having lived or existed for a relatively long time; far advanced in years or life.
American Heritage
Of, like, or characteristic of aged people; specif., mature in judgment, wise, etc.
Webster's New World
Relatively advanced in age.
Pamela is our oldest child.
American Heritage
Made or produced some time ago; not new.
Webster's New World
Of a certain or specified age or duration.
A child ten years old.
Webster's New World
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noun
olds
A person of a specified age.
A six-year-old.
Webster's New World
Time long past; yore.
Days of old.
Webster's New World
Old people.
Webster's New World
Something old.
Webster's New World
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.
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verb

Eye dialect spelling of hold.

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Other Word Forms of Old

Adjective

Base Form:
old
Comparative:
older
Superlative:
eldest

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.

    From Wiktionary

  • A representation of the pronunciation of hold by a speaker whose dialect lacks the voiceless glottal fricative or transition (IPA: [h]).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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