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."

Definitions of old
  1. adjective
    (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
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    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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  2. adjective
    of long duration; not new
    old tradition”
    old house”
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    just preceding something else in time or order
    “my old house was larger”
    synonyms: previous
    preceding
    existing or coming before
  4. adjective
    belonging to some prior time
    synonyms: erstwhile, former, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime
    past
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
  5. adjective
    skilled through long experience
    “an old offender”
    synonyms: older
    experienced, experient
    having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation
  6. noun
    past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
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    type of:
    past, past times, yesteryear
    the time that has elapsed
  7. adjective
    (used for emphasis) very familiar
    “good old boy”
    “same old story”
    Synonyms:
    familiar
    well known or easily recognized
  8. adjective
    (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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