adjective (older, oldest)
- 1Having lived for a long time; no longer young: the old man lay propped up on cushions See also elder1, eldest.More example sentences
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• rare longevous
- The majority of those left behind are too young, old or sick to travel far.
- The setting for the film is a beautiful temple on a secluded lake where an old monk and his young charge live.
- Now we want all residents, young and old, to select a project in their neighbourhood and make a local improvement.
- 1.1Made or built long ago: the old quarter of the townMore example sentences
- It's built out of an old palace which has some of the most beautiful Buddhist art I've ever seen.
- The new gravel road has been built parallel to the old tarmac Gun Park Road
- Hidden in a narrow alley of the old quarter of Nice, one discovered it by chance or word-of-mouth.
- 1.2Possessed or used for a long time: he gave his old clothes awayMore example sentences
- A number of houses have been given a box to collect glass, cans and old clothes
- All artwork created by the kids can be taken home that day and children are advised to wear old clothes.
- I wear moonboots from the boutique; a hut where you drop off old clothes and pick up whatever you need.
- 1.3 • informal , chiefly US Boring or tiresome, especially as a result of repetition or overfamiliarity: I wish she’d shut up—it’s getting oldMore example sentences
- The Soderbergh-interviewing-Soderbergh stunt was a clever idea, but it gets old in a hurry.
- It's the yelling part that gets old pretty fast, as it constitutes just about every line that comes out of Wilder's mouth.
- As played by Mercedes Cechetto, Sabine has an undeniable brashness, but her adventures feel scripted rather than natural and her sullen pout gets old very fast.
- 2 [attributive] Belonging to the past; former: valuation under the old rating system was inexactMore example sentences
- I got to know a little bit about it, at least the old Berlin of the past, through Benjamin's eyes.
- One of its campaigns is an attack on asylum seekers, which recycles a old leaflet used in past BNP campaigns.
- Today's feelings were sparked by me walking past my old primary school yesterday for the first time in ages.
- 2.1Used to refer to a thing which has been replaced by something similar: we moved back into our old houseMore example sentences
- Now Volvo has taken the concept even further with the launch of a stunning new V70 estate to replace the old model.
- Before the wedding the kitchen was renovated and an electric stove was put in to replace the old coal range.
- Fred was sitting close by, working on replacing old laces with fresh ones on greenhide pack bags.
- 2.2Dating from far back; long-established or known: we greeted each other like old friends I get sick of the same old routineMore example sentences
hackneyed, hack, banal, trite, overused, overworked, cut and dried, tired, worn out, time-worn, stale, stereotyped, clichéd, platitudinous, unoriginal, derivative, unimaginative, commonplace, common, pedestrian, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, stock, conventional; out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, archaic, obsolete, defunct, extinct, antiquated, antediluvian, superannuated, hoary; French passétime-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
- How many times do we need to see the same old arguments made and the same sources quoted?
- These aren't the same old depressing allegations, no, this time the allegations are red hot!
- You can resolve the same old problem with a new approach and make a breakthrough.
- 2.3Denoting someone who formerly attended a specified school: an old EtonianMore example sentences
- Maybe old Etonian James will bring his father round to seeing the value of theatre that is radical, critical, foul-mouthed and rude.
- George Bullough, a 6ft 5in old Harrovian, had become the company's principal shareholder on the death in 1891 of his father.
- Three Old Carthusians have won the Victoria Cross.
- 2.4(Of a form of a language) as used in former or earliest times.More example sentences
- This describes perfectly his career as a philologist and his passion for old languages.
- There are 114 chapters in the Qur'an, which is written in the old Arabic dialect.
- They are given in the book in the form of old Irish writing, new Irish writing and English.
- 4 [attributive] • informal Used to express affection, familiarity, or contempt: good old Mum I didn’t like playing with silly old dollsMore example sentences
- I really fancy my guests having a right good old toast to my memory.
- Get rid of the new-labour new-tory dictatorships and let's have good old democracy back again!
- So, for this event, I cooked from just regular vegetables and good old ingredients.
- Any item of a specified type (used to show that no particular individual is in question): any old room would have doneMore example sentences
- It's so simple that any old sailor and any old journalist can litigate it in less than two minutes.
- This wasn't just any old fad, though, but one which has dominated western eating habits for almost the last eight years.
- People are saying they don't want any old tat, they want to find quality and they want to find a bargain, that is special and unique.
any old how
- In no particular order: they’ve dropped things just any old howMore example sentences
- They were owned animals and presumably valuable livestock that just did not happen any old how but were deliberately bought and raised by a farmer.
- Everything's just plonked down any old how, without any coherent alphabetical system to guide you round.
- They drew up ten artists she liked, made a list of what they know about Diana, and then joined up the two lists any old how.
as old as the hills
- Very old (often used in exaggerated statements): the technology we’re using is as old as the hillsMore example sentences
- What's going on is not exceptional… it's a story as old as the hills and a lot older than the Internet.
- Some of the reasons for this are as old as the hills.
- Feeling as old as the hills, I get my coat and leave.
be old enough to be someone's father (or mother)
- • informal Be much older than someone (used to suggest that a romantic or sexual relationship between the people concerned is inappropriate): he was furious with her for wasting herself on a man old enough to be her fatherMore example sentences
- Cat calmly turned around and looked at the trucker, he was old enough to be her father and big enough to crush her with one fist.
- It was another of John's meaningless sexual encounters, and this one with a woman old enough to be his mother.
- You're darling, but you should be chatting up other 21-year-olds instead of someone who's old enough to be your mother.
for old times' sake
- see sake1.
- 1In or belonging to the past: he was more reticent than of oldMore example sentences
- Every Tuesday night, people ramble in for the music and chat and to see the cottage as in days of old.
- In days of old, High Sheriffs had the authority to raise an army and even order executions of convicts.
- After this year, the tatty old displays of old just won't be good enough.
the old days
- A period in the past, typically regarded as significantly better or worse than the present: it was easier in the old days we are less confident than in the good old daysMore example sentences
- In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.
- It wasn't like this in the old days: they cared so much about the art they had riots and everything.
- Molly had some great memories of the old days to recall and share with family and friends.
the Old Firm
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- An oldish couple approached the crossing as I was aiming my camera.
- You can see the Assistant website here, listen to some oldish but goodish demos here, and find out about the next gig here, too, when we know about it.
- It's an oldish building, but it's nice, fairly weathertight, and fits my needs.
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- At 103 years of age, though, Mr. Murray described him as frail by oldness.
- His opponents on the ultra-left demand we save our party from newness and demand a return to an oldness that never really existed anyway.
- I just like the atmosphere inside churches, and the oldness of them.
Old English ald, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch oud and German alt, from an Indo-European root meaning 'adult', shared by Latin alere 'nourish'.