Antonyms for older
adjective, old·er, old·est or eld·er, eld·est.
Origin of old
Synonyms for old
Antonyms for old
Related Words for olderearlier, elder, first, former, lower, preceding, prior, senior, eldest, first-born
Examples from the Web for older
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 28, 2014
Ramos was 38—nearly two decades older than the average recruit.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
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.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of older
She was in a box with two men—one old and one young—and an older woman.
I'd rather trust your judgment now than lots of older men down there.
He was older than I, experienced with women—a lover of women, I came to understand in time.
Philip, you are older and wiser than I, and have shown already that you understand her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
There are only Evelyn and I, and I am fifteen years older than she.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- of or relating to advanced years or a long lifeold age
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the old
- old and youngpeople 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