old

Use the adjective old to describe someone who's been alive for a long time. When you're 30, 60 seems old, and when you're 60, 90 seems old. When you're 90, face it, you're old!

The adjective old also means former. It can be fun to visit your favorite teachers at your old elementary school, or to drive through your old neighborhood. You can use old to describe something of long duration, like your old friends from camp who you visit every summer. Old also has numerous informal or slang uses, like the phrase "any old," which you'd use to say, "I don't want just any old job; I want to be a circus clown."

Primary Meanings of old

1.
adjn
(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
2.
adj
(used for emphasis) very familiar
Full Definitions of old
1

adj (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

“his mother is very old
“a ripe old age”
“how old are you?”
Synonyms:
experienced, experient
having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
mature
having reached full natural growth or development
aged, elderly, older, senior
advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
aged, of age
having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
ageing, aging, senescent
growing old
ancient
very old
anile
of or like a feeble old woman
centenarian
being at least 100 years old
darkened
(of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color over time
doddering, doddery, gaga, senile
mentally or physically infirm with age
emeritus
honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'
gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired
showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
middle-aged
being roughly between 45 and 65 years old
nonagenarian
being from 90 to 99 years old
octogenarian
being from 80 to 89 years old
oldish
somewhat elderly
over-the-hill, overage, overaged, superannuated
too old to be useful
sexagenarian
being from 60 to 69 years old
venerable
impressive by reason of age
senior
older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
Antonyms:
immature, young
(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
immature
not yet mature
new
not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
one-year-old
one year of age
two-year-old
two years of age
three-year-old
three years of age
four-year-old
four years of age
five-year-old
five years of age
adolescent, teen, teenage, teenaged
being of the age 13 through 19
infantile
being or befitting or characteristic of an infant
boyish, boylike, schoolboyish
befitting or characteristic of a young boy
childlike, childly
befitting a young child
early
very young
girlish, schoolgirlish
befitting or characteristic of a young girl
junior
including or intended for youthful persons
little, small
(of children and animals) young, immature
newborn
recently born
preadolescent, preteen
of or relating to or designed for children between the ages of 9 and 12
puppyish, puppylike
characteristic of a puppy
tender
young and immature
youngish
somewhat young
vernal, young, youthful
suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
junior
younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
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adj of long duration; not new

old tradition”
old house”
old wine”
old country”
old friendships”
old money”
Synonyms:
noncurrent
not current or belonging to the present time
stale
lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
nonmodern
not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time
age-old, antique
belonging to or lasting from times long ago
antediluvian, antiquated, archaic
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
antique
made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
auld
a Scottish word
hand-down, hand-me-down
passed on from one person to another
hoary, rusty
ancient
immemorial
long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history
long-ago
belonging to time long gone
longtime
of long duration
patched
mended usually clumsily by covering a hole with a patch
secondhand, used
previously used or owned by another
sunset
of a declining industry or technology
yellow, yellowed
changed to a yellowish color by age
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current
worn
affected by wear; damaged by long use
Antonyms:
new
not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
current
occurring in or belonging to the present time
fresh
recently made, produced, or harvested
modern
belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages
bran-new, brand-new, spic-and-span, spick-and-span
conspicuously new
fresh
(of a cycle) beginning or occurring again
hot, red-hot
newest or most recent
new-sprung, newborn
having just or recently arisen or come into existence
newfound
newly discovered
novel, refreshing
pleasantly new or different
parvenu, parvenue
of or characteristic of a parvenu
recent
new
radical, revolutionary
markedly new or introducing radical change
rising
newly come into prominence
sunrise
of an industry or technology; new and developing
untested, untried
not yet proved or subjected to testing
unused
not yet put into use
virgin
being used or worked for the first time
young
being in its early stage
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adj just preceding something else in time or order

“my old house was larger”
Synonyms:
previous
preceding
existing or coming before

adj belonging to some prior time

Synonyms:
erstwhile, former, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current

adj skilled through long experience

“an old offender”
Synonyms:
older
experienced, experient
having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation

n past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

Type of:
past, past times, yesteryear
the time that has elapsed
2

adj (used for emphasis) very familiar

“good old boy”
“same old story”
Synonyms:
familiar
well known or easily recognized

adj (used informally especially for emphasis)

“had us a high old time”
Synonyms:
honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, sure-enough
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit

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