old

[ ohld ]
/ oʊld /
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adjective, old·er, old·est or eld·er, eld·est.

noun

Origin of old

before 900; Middle English; Old English eald, ald; cognate with Dutch old, German alt, Gothic altheis; akin to Old Norse ala to nourish
SYNONYMS FOR old
1 Old, aged, elderly all mean well along in years. An old person has lived long, nearly to the end of the usual period of life. An aged person is very far advanced in years, and is usually afflicted with the infirmities of age. An elderly person is somewhat old, but usually has the mellowness, satisfactions, and joys of age ahead.
9 olden, early.
Related formsold·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for old

old

/ (əʊld) /

adjective

noun

an earlier or past time (esp in the phrase of old)in days of old
Derived Formsoldish, adjectiveoldness, noun

Word Origin for old

Old English eald; related to Old Saxon ald, Old High German, German alt, Latin altus high

usage

Many people nowadays prefer to talk about older people rather than old people, and the phrase the old is best avoided altogether
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Word Origin and History for old

old


adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with old

old


In addition to the idioms beginning with old

  • old as Adam
  • old chestnut
  • old college try, the
  • old saw
  • old shoe
  • old stamping ground
  • old story, an
  • old wives' tale

also see:

  • any old
  • chip off the old block
  • comfortable as an old shoe
  • dirty joke (old man)
  • get the air (old heave-ho)
  • no fool like an old fool
  • of old
  • ripe old age
  • same old story
  • settle a score (old scores)
  • stamping ground, old
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • up to one's old tricks
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