- oldenburg, claes,
adjective, old·er, old·est or eld·er, eld·est.
Origin of old
Examples from the Web for older
Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?
But as you get older, I find I get more tunes and I have to work harder at the words.
The older boy climbed in first, followed by the younger son and then their mother.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ramos was 38—nearly two decades older than the average recruit.
Julio Cardenas, 25 and an MC from the group RCA, was older but with a youthful smile that hid the harsher sides of Cuban life.
He had a standing order with off-planet agents for archaic chess books, the older the better.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
If the older form were Gaelic, the substitution, or translation, would have been superfluous.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Miss Dalrymple then took one of the older servants into confidence, and asked her if the house was haunted.Ghostly Phenomena|Elliot O'Donnell.
He is nearly two years older than Frank, and about as opposite to him in personal appearance as can well be imagined.Frank's Campaign|Horatio Alger, Jr.
The older children were already of the greatest assistance to their parents, and there was no room for her in the crowded shack.The Peace of Roaring River|George van Schaick
- of or relating to advanced years or a long lifeold age
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the old
- old and young people of all ages
- (postpositive) having lived or existed for a specified perioda child who is six years old
- (in combination)a six-year-old child
- (as noun in combination)a six-year-old
- (prenominal) established for a relatively long timean old member
- (in combination)old-established
Word Origin for old
Old English ald (Anglian), eald (West Saxon) "aged, antique, primeval; elder, experienced," from West Germanic *althas "grown up, adult" (cf. Old Frisian ald, Gothic alþeis, Dutch oud, German alt), originally a past participle stem of a verb meaning "grow, nourish" (cf. Gothic alan "to grow up," Old Norse ala "to nourish"), from PIE root *al- "to grow, nourish" (cf. Greek aldaino "make grow, strengthen," althein, althainein "to get well;" Latin alere "to feed, nourish, bring up, increase," altus "high," literally "grown tall," almus "nurturing, nourishing," alumnus "fosterling, step-child;" Old Irish alim "I nourish").
The usual PIE root is *sen- (see senior (adj.)). A few Indo-European languages distinguish words for "old" (vs. young) from words for "old" (vs. new), and some have separate words for aged persons as opposed to old things. Latin senex was used of aged living things, mostly persons, while vetus (literally "having many years") was used of inanimate things. Greek geraios was used mostly of humans; Greek palaios was used mostly of things, of persons only in a derogatory sense. Greek also had arkhaios, literally "belonging to the beginning," which parallels French ancien, used mostly with reference to things "of former times."
Old English also had fyrn "ancient," related to Old English feor "far, distant" (see far, and cf. Gothic fairneis, Old Norse forn "old, of old, of former times," Old High German firni "old, experienced"). The original Old English vowel is preserved in Scots auld, also in alderman. The original comparative and superlative (elder, eldest) are retained in particular uses.
First record of old-timer is from 1860. Expression old as the hills first recorded 1819. The good old days dates from 1828. Of old "of old times" is from late 14c. Old Glory for "the American flag" is first attested 1862. Old maid "woman who remains single well beyond the usual marrying age" is from 1520s; the card game is attested by that name from 1844. Old man "man who has lived long" is from c.1200; sense of "husband, father, boss" is from 1854, earlier (1830) it was military slang for "commanding officer;" old lady "wife, mother" is attested from c.1775. Old English is attested from 1701, originally as a type of font. Old boy originally was a former pupil of one of the English public schools. Old Testament attested from mid-14c.
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
- 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