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old

Synonyms of old in English:

adjective

  • 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
    informalpast it, over the hill, no spring chicken
    [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    old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded;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;
    Frenchdémodé
    informaltatty
    [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

    1
    [Antonyms] youth, childhood
    declining years, advanced years, elderliness, age, agedness, oldness, winter/autumn of one's life, senescence, senility, dotage

    old man

    2
  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elder, elderly man, grandfather;
    patriarch;
    Scottish & Irish bodach
    informalgreybeard, gaffer, old codger, old boy, old chap, old geezer, old bloke, wrinkly
    British informalbuffer, josser
    North American informalold coot
    archaicgrandsire, ancient
    literarysenex
    [Antonyms] youth, boy, young man
  • 2 informal her old man was away fighting
    husband, man
    informalhubby, better half
    British informalother half
    humorouslord and master
    archaiclord
  • 3 informal the old man's still on the bridge
    informalhead honcho
    British informalgaffer, guv'nor
    North American informalsachem
  • old person

    3
    [Antonyms] youngster
    senior citizen, senior, pensioner, old-age pensioner, OAP, elder, old fogey, dotard, Methuselah;
    North American golden ager
    informalold stager, old-timer, oldie, wrinkly, crock, crumbly
    North American informaloldster, woopie
    offensivegeriatric

    old woman

    4
  • 1
    senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elderly woman, crone;
    Russianbabushka
    informalold dear
    archaicbeldam, 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
    Indian amma
    North American informalmom, mommy
    datedmama, mamma, mater
  • 4 he's such an old woman
    worrier, perfectionist, stickler, grumbler
    informalfusspot
    North American informalfussbudget
  • 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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