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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;
    [Antonyms] new, modern
  • 3 old clothes
    old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded;
    cast-off, hand-me-down;
    French démodé
    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 years, advanced years, elderliness, age, agedness, oldness, winter/autumn of one's life, senescence, senility, dotage
    old man
  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elder, elderly man, grandfather;
    Scottish & Irish  bodach
    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
    informal head honcho
    British informal gaffer, guv'nor
    North American informal sachem
  • old person
    [Antonyms] youngster
    senior citizen, senior, pensioner, old-age pensioner, OAP, elder, old fogey, dotard, Methuselah;
    North American  golden ager
    informal old stager, old-timer, oldie, wrinkly, crock, crumbly
    North American informal oldster, woopie
    offensive geriatric
    old woman
  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elderly woman, crone;
    Russian babushka
    informal old dear
    archaic beldam, grandam, gammer, mother
    [Antonyms] girl, young woman
  • 2 informal his old woman threw him out
    North American informal mama, mamma
    dated lady, memsahib
  • 3 informal my old woman took me to all sorts of doctors when I was a kid
    Indian  amma
    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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