What is the meaning of old?


  • Past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old'. )


  • Used especially of persons. ( having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age)
    • usage: "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you"
  • Of long duration; not new.
    • usage: "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
  • Used for emphasis. ( very familiar)
    • usage: "good old boy"; "same old story"
  • Skilled through long experience.
    • usage: "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
  • Belonging to some prior time.
    • usage: "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
  • Used informally especially for emphasis. ()
    • usage: "a real honest-to-god live cowboy"; "had us a high old time"; "went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"
  • Of a very early stage in development.
    • usage: "Old English is also called Anglo Saxon"; "Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"
  • Just preceding something else in time or order.
    • usage: "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
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APAWordNet. (2010). old. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/old/definitions/1179741
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "old" http://smartdefine.org/old/definitions/1179741 (accessed October 18, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, old, Smart Define, viewed 18 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/old/definitions/1179741>.
MLAWordNet. "old" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/old/definitions/1179741>
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