- 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).
- old Adam.
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Examples from the Web for old man
The colonel there with old-man Nietch he won't know himself.The Little Man (From Six Short Plays)
Then he drank: the strange, careful, old-man's gesture in drinking.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
The colonel there with old-man Nietzsch—he won't know himself.One-Act Plays
I'm going to fix you so you can't say it again, you old-man imp!Ben Blair
Old-man said "Ho," which is the way that a Yankton has of saying "All right."Stories of American Life and Adventure
- an informal term for father, husband (def. 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
- Australian informal
- an adult male kangaroo
- (as modifier)very large
- Christianity the unregenerate aspect of human nature
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