of a style or kind that is no longer in vogue: an old-fashioned bathing suit.
favored or prevalent in former times: old-fashioned ideas.
having the conservative behavior, ways, ideas, or tastes of earlier times: a delightfully old-fashioned gentleman.

Origin of old-fashioned

First recorded in 1645–55
Related formsold-fash·ioned·ly, adverbold-fash·ioned·ness, noun

Synonyms for old-fashioned

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1. See ancient1.

old fashioned


(sometimes initial capital letters) a cocktail made with whiskey, bitters, water, and sugar, and garnished with citrus-fruit slices and a cherry.

Origin of old fashioned

First recorded in 1900–05
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Historical Examples of old-fashioned

  • One need not look so high as the old-fashioned stuccoed ceiling.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His knees pressed the long holster of an old-fashioned rifle.

  • And I say, Sandy, what's the weight of that old-fashioned bar of iron you have in your hands?

  • I pushed open the door and stepped into the old-fashioned hall.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • But this is only a single barrel, and an old-fashioned sort of detonator.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for old-fashioned



belonging to, characteristic of, or favoured by former times; outdatedold-fashioned ideas
favouring or adopting the dress, manners, fashions, etc, of a former time
quizzically doubtful or disapprovingshe did not reply, but gave him an old-fashioned look
Scot and Northern English dialect old for one's agean old-fashioned child


a cocktail containing spirit, bitters, fruit, etc
Derived Formsold-fashionedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for old-fashioned

1590s, "in an outdated style," from old + past participle of fashion (v.). As a type of cocktail, attested from 1901, American English.

Old Fashioned Tom Gin Cocktail Mix same as Holland Gin Old Fashioned Cocktail using Old Tom gin in place of Holland [George J. Kappeler, "Modern American Drinks," Akron, Ohio, 1900]
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