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).
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How to use old man in a sentence
He didn’t do that this time, which, I’m glad, because he is an old man now.Russell Westbrook, finally healthy, is starting to look like himself again | Ava Wallace | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
Business magazine Caixin reported that in one district of Shijiazhuang, an old man was tied to a tree after venturing out to buy cigarettes, prompting the suspension of local officials.China Marks the Wuhan Lockdown Anniversary Amid Spiraling COVID-19 Cases and With Risky Holiday Travel Looming | Charlie Campbell / Changsha and Wuhan | January 22, 2021 | Time
People at NORAD then determine whether a new object is a threat — or if it’s just a magical old man with a load of presents.
A 41-year old man in Phoenix needs someone to help him get to the bathroom at night.Editor’s Note: Why We Wrote about the Way People With Developmental Disabilities Get Treated | by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Jill Jorden Spitz, Arizona Daily Star | November 5, 2020 | ProPublica
His old man lived alone and worked at a college three hours from us.
Like his old man, he keeps it reined in, but when talking about fishing, a true regret seeps out.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But maybe you have to start somewhere else — with Lamont Waltman Marvin, Monty, his father, the Chief, the old man.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The youngest old man any of us knows,” an unnamed friend of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley said of Hughes.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple | James Kirchick | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.
The name of the film refers to a story of an old man who watched and recorded the movements of the stars for 25 years.
Davy looked around and saw an old man coming toward them across the lawn.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
The old man seemed to be greatly agitated, and hurriedly whispering, "We thought you were never coming, sir!"Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
Then a fat, untidy old man appeared in the doorway of a cubicle within the shop, and Edwin Clayhanger blushed.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
As Felipe approached, the old man's face beamed with pleasure, and he came forward totteringly, leaning on a staff in each hand.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The General in command of the station was a feeble old man, suffering from senile decay.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for old man
(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
an adult male kangaroo
(as modifier) very large
Christianity the unregenerate aspect of human nature
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