Synonyms of old in English:



  • 1 old people
    elderly, mature, aged, older, senior, advanced in years, up in years, getting on; in one's dotage, long in the tooth, grey, grey-haired, grey-bearded, grizzled, hoary; past one's prime, not as young as one was, ancient, decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, ripe, senescent, senile, superannuated, venerable, septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian
    informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
    rare longevous
    [Antonyms] young
  • 2 old farm buildings
    historic, antiquated; dilapidated, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, ramshackle, decaying, crumbling, disintegrating
    [Antonyms] new modern
  • 3 old clothes
    worn, worn out, shabby, threadbare, holey, torn, frayed, patched, tattered, moth-eaten, ragged, yellowed; old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded; cast-off, hand-me-down; Frenchdémodé
    informal tatty
    [Antonyms] new fashionable
  • 4 old cars
    antique, veteran, vintage
    [Antonyms] new modern
  • 5 she is old for her years he's an old hand
    mature, wise, sensible, experienced, worldly-wise, knowledgeable, well versed, familiar, practised, skilled, skilful, adept, expert, veteran
    [Antonyms] young ingenuous inexperienced
  • 6 in the old days
    bygone, past, former, olden, of old, remote, previous, early, earlier, earliest; medieval, ancient, classical, primeval, primordial, prehistoric, antediluvian, forgotten, immemorial
    [Antonyms] modern recent
  • 7 political worthies spew out the same old phrases
    [Antonyms] fresh innovative new
  • 8 I love the good old tunes
    time-honoured, old-time, long-established, age-old, long-standing, long-lived, enduring, lasting; familiar, customary, conventional, established, ritual, ritualistic, habitual, set, fixed, routine, usual, wonted, historic, folk, old-world, ancestral
  • 9 an old girlfriend
    [Antonyms] new
  • Phrases

    old age

    [Antonyms] youth childhood
    declining yearsadvanced yearselderlinessageagednessoldnesswinter/autumn of one's lifesenescencesenilitydotage

    old man

  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elder, elderly man, grandfather; patriarch; Scottish & Irishbodach
    informal greybeard, gaffer, old codger, old boy, old chap, old geezer, old bloke, wrinkly
    British informal buffer, josser
    North American informal old coot
    archaic grandsire, ancient
    literary senex
    [Antonyms] youth boy young man
  • 2 informal her old man was away fighting
    husband, man
    informal hubby, better half
    British informal other half
    humorous lord and master
    archaic lord
  • 3 informal the old man's still on the bridge
    captain, owner, boss, employer, foreman, manager, overseer, superintendent, director, controller, head, headman, principal
    informal head honcho
    British informal gaffer, guv'nor
    North American informal sachem
  • old person

    [Antonyms] youngster
    senior citizenseniorpensionerold-age pensionerOAPelderold fogeydotardMethuselahNorth Americangolden ager informalold stagerold-timeroldiewrinklycrockcrumblyNorth American informaloldsterwoopie offensivegeriatric

    old woman

  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elderly woman, crone; Russianbabushka
    informal old dear
    archaic beldam, grandam, gammer, mother
    [Antonyms] girl young woman
  • 2 informal his old woman threw him out
  • 3 informal my old woman took me to all sorts of doctors when I was a kid
    mother; Indianamma
    North American informal mom, mommy
    dated mama, mamma, mater
  • 4 he's such an old woman
    worrier, perfectionist, stickler, grumbler
    informal fusspot
    North American informal fussbudget
  • Word links

    gerontic relating to old age
    geriatric relating to old people
    geriatrics branch of medicine concerning old people
    gerontology study of old age
    gerontocracy government by old people
    senesce deteriorate with old age
    archaeo- related prefix, as in archaeology, archaeopteryx
    palaeo- related prefix, as in palaeography, Palaeocene

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