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old man

noun, Informal.
a father, usually one's own:
His old man's letting him have the car for the prom.
a husband:
The office is giving my old man a retirement party.
a boyfriend or male lover, especially a male lover with whom one cohabits.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a person in a position of authority, especially an employer or a commanding officer:
The Old Man has ordered an inspection for Saturday morning.
(used affectionately in addressing a man).
6. Unabridged
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  • We met the son and the old man at one of their mines yesterday.

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  • The old man read it and for a time mused himself into seeming oblivion.

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  • It was only the old man calling his son: David calling upon Absalom.

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  • The old man was peering at him sharply from under the grey protruding brows.

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  • Percival had walked the floor in deep attention to the old man's words.

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British Dictionary definitions for old man

old man

an informal term for father, husband (sense 1)
(sometimes capitals) (informal) a man in command, such as an employer, foreman, or captain of a ship
(sometimes facetious) an affectionate term used in addressing a man
another name for southernwood
(Austral, informal)
  1. an adult male kangaroo
  2. (as modifier) very large
(Christianity) the unregenerate aspect of human nature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for old man

old man

noun phrase

  1. One's husband; a husband: She can't bear to see her old man lose his money (1895+)
  2. A boyfriend or lover: Her old man was a bass guitar player in a rock group (1950s+)
  3. One's father; a father: My old man wasn't mean (1768+)
  4. A man who supports a mistress; john, sugar daddy: ''Old Man,'' the name we used to have for a common-law husband/ She has an ''old man'' who ''keeps'' her (1935+)
  5. A pimp (Prostitutes)
  6. Old friend (1870+)

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dirty old man, so's your old man

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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