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old

[ ohld ]
/ oʊld /
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adjective, old·er [ohl-der], /ˈoʊl dər/, old·est [ohl-dist] /ˈoʊl dɪst/ or eld·er [el-der], /ˈɛl dər/, eld·est [el-dist]. /ˈɛl dɪst/.
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Origin of old

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English eald, ald; cognate with Dutch old, German alt, Gothic altheis; akin to Old Norse ala “to nourish”

synonym study 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM old

oldness, 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 forms of old

oldish, adjectiveoldness, noun

Word Origin for old

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

usage for old

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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