Definition of old-fashioned in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōldˈfaSHənd/


1In or according to styles or types no longer current or common; not modern: an old-fashioned kitchen range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.
1.1(Of a person or their views) favoring traditional and usually restrictive styles, 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.
outworn, old, old-time, behind the times, archaic, obsolescent, downlevel, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, defunct;
medieval, prehistoric, antediluvian, old-fogeyish, old-fangled, conservative, backward-looking, quaint, anachronistic, fusty, moth-eaten, old-world, olde-worlde
informal old hat, square, not with it


North American
A cocktail consisting chiefly of whiskey, 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.

Words that rhyme with old-fashioned


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Syllabification: old-fash·ioned

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