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old adj
1 (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; especially not young; often used as a combining form to indicate an age as specified as in `a week-old baby'; "an old man's eagle mind"--William Butler Yeats; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?" [ant: young]
2 of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money" [ant: new]
3 of an earlier time; "his old classmates"
4 (used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story" [syn: old(a)]
5 lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race" [syn: stale, moth-eaten]
6 just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger" [syn: previous(a)]
7 of a very early stage in development; "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"
8 old in experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers" [syn: older]
9 used informally especially for emphasis; "a real honest-to-god live cowboy"; "had us a high old time"; "went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel" [syn: honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(a), sure-enough(a)] n : past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

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ald, from Germanic *alđoz ‘grown-up’, originally a participle form corresponding to Latin altus. Cognate with Dutch oud, German alt.


  • a UK /əʊld/, /@Uld/
  • a US , /oʊld/, /oUld/
  • Rhymes: -əʊld


old ( older or elder, oldest or eldest)
  1. Of an object, concept, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
    • an old abandoned building
  2. Of a living being, having lived for relatively many years.
    • a wrinkled old man
  3. Having existed or lived for the specified time.
    • How old are they? She’s five years old and he’s seven. We also have a young teen and a two-year-old.
    • My great-grandfather lived to be a hundred and one years old.
    • a five-year-old car
  4. Former, previous.
    • My new car is not as good as my old one.
    • 1994, Michael Grumley, Life Drawing
      But over my old life, a new life had formed.
  5. Obsolete; out-of-date.
    • That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way.
  6. Tiresome
    Your constant pestering is getting old.


of an object, concept, etc: having existed for a relatively long period of time
of a living being: having lived for relatively many years
having existed or lived for the specified time
  • Bosnian: star
  • Catalan: translated by tenir followed by the length of time
    She’s five years old — Ella té cinc anys
  • Czech: starý
  • Danish: gammel
  • Finnish: vuotias
    I am five years old - Olen viisivuotias
  • French: translated by avoir followed by the length of time
    She’s five years old — Elle a cinq ans
    a five-year-old car — une voiture qui a cinq ans, une voiture de cinq ans
  • Hebrew: בֵּן (ben) , בַּת (bat)
    She’s five years old — הִיא בַּת חָמֵש שָׁנִים
    a five-year-old car — מְכוֹנִית בַּת חָמֵש שָׁנִים
  • Irish: d'aois (of age)
    She’s five years old — Tá sí cúig bhliana d’aois
  • Italian: translated by avere followed by the length of time
    She’s five years old — Ha cinque anni
    a five-year-old car — una macchina che ha cinque anni
  • Norwegian: gammel
  • Polish: stary, stara, stare
  • Russian: (dative case) ему пять лет
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: стар
    Roman: star
  • Slovak: starý , stará , staré
  • Slovene: star , stara , staro
  • Spanish: que + (tener) + (period) + (unit of time)
    (e.g., I know his five-year-old daughter = Conozco a su hija que tiene cinco años)
  • Swedish: gammal
  • Turkish: five years old = 5 yaşında
  • West Frisian: âld



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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