Definition of old-fashioned in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊldˈfaʃ(ə)nd/


1In or according to styles or types no longer current; not modern: an old-fashioned kitchen range
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  • These are only two of the hundreds of examples of secrecy in what is now seen as a very old-fashioned style of government.
  • The mansion's interior was as beautifully decorated as the outside - a fusion of modern technology and old-fashioned artefacts.
  • She walks toward her kitchen and grabs an old-fashioned basket with handles, the basket is made from tree bark and it shines beautifully in the day.
1.1Favouring traditional or conservative ideas or customs: she’s stuffy and old-fashioned
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  • Many newspaper editors and owners still cling to the old-fashioned idea that they know better than you how you should vote.
  • Surely the more old-fashioned idea of locally-reared meat being slaughtered at a local abattoir a short distance away makes perfect sense.
  • It may be an old-fashioned idea, but life is meaningless unless it is shared.
out of date, outdated, dated, out, out of fashion, outmoded, unfashionable, last year's, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outworn, old, old-time, old-world, behind the times, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, defunct;
medieval, prehistoric, antediluvian, old-fogeyish, old-fangled, conservative, backward-looking, quaint, anachronistic, crusted, feudal, fusty, moth-eaten, olde worlde;
informal old hat, square, not with it, out of the ark, creaky, clunky, mouldy
North American informal horse-and-buggy, rinky-dink, mossy
archaic square-toed
1.2(Of a facial expression) disapproving: Jonas gave her an old-fashioned look


North American
A cocktail consisting chiefly of whisky, bitters, water, and sugar.



Example sentences
  • It has a sort of transcendent old-fashionedness, as though the music of the future had travelled back in time.
  • It is fairly extraordinary in this day and age - almost baroque in its old-fashionedness.
  • The sanitized old-fashionedness of the design gives the paper just a whiff of authenticity, like old books scattered around a stage set.

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