older

[ ohl-der ]
/ ˈoʊl dər /

adjective

a comparative of old.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH older

elder older (see synonym study at the current entry)

synonym study for older

Older, elder imply having greater age than something or someone else. Older is the usual form of the comparative of old: This building is older than that one. Elder, now greatly restricted in application, is used chiefly to indicate seniority in age as between any two people but especially priority of birth as between children born of the same parents: The elder brother became king.

Definition for older (2 of 2)

old
[ ohld ]
/ oʊld /

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM old

old·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for older (1 of 2)

older
/ (ˈəʊldə) /

adjective

the comparative of old
having lived or existed longer; of greater ageAlso (of people, esp members of the same family): elder

British Dictionary definitions for older (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with older

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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