Definition of Old

1. Adjective. (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age. "How old are you?"

2. Noun. Past times (especially in the phrase 'in days of old').
Generic synonyms: Past, Past Times, Yesteryear

3. Adjective. Of long duration; not new. "Old money"

4. Adjective. (used for emphasis) very familiar. "Same old story"
Similar to: Familiar

5. Adjective. Skilled through long experience. "The older soldiers"
Exact synonyms: Older
Similar to: Experienced, Experient

6. Adjective. Belonging to some prior time. "Her quondam lover"
Exact synonyms: Erstwhile, Former, One-time, Onetime, Quondam, Sometime
Similar to: Past

7. Adjective. (used informally especially for emphasis). "Went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"

8. Adjective. Of a very early stage in development. "Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"
Category relationships: Linguistics
Similar to: Early

9. Adjective. Just preceding something else in time or order. "My old house was larger"
Exact synonyms: Previous
Similar to: Preceding

Definition of Old

1. n. Open country.

2. a. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree.

Definition of Old

1. Adjective. Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time. ¹

2. Adjective. Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years. ¹

3. Adjective. Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life. ¹

4. Adjective. Of an item that has been used and so is not new (gloss unused). ¹

5. Adjective. Having existed or lived for the specified time. ¹

6. Adjective. Former, previous. ¹

7. Adjective. That is no longer in existence. ¹

8. Adjective. Obsolete; out-of-date. ¹

9. Adjective. Familiar. ¹

10. Adjective. Tiresome. ¹

11. Adjective. Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time. ¹

12. Adjective. A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. ¹

13. Noun. People who are old; old beings. ¹

14. Noun. The older generation. ¹

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Definition of Old

1. living or existing for a relatively long time [adj OLDER, OLDEST or ELDER, ELDEST] / an individual of a specified age [n -S]

Medical Definition of Old

1. 1. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree. "Let not old age disgrace my high desire." (Sir P. Sidney) "The melancholy news that we grow old." (Young) 2. Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship. "An old acquaintance." 3. Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise. "The old schools of Greece." . "The character of the old Ligurians." . 4. Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old. "And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?" (Cen. Xlvii. 8) In this use old regularly follows the noun that designates the age; as, she was eight years old. 5. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice. "Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old." (Milton) 6. Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared. 7. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes. 8. More than enough; abundant. "If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key." (Shak) 9. Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; used disparagingly as a term of reproach. 10. Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly. 11. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. "Go thy ways, old lad." Old age, advanced years; the latter period of life. Old bachelor. See Bachelor. Old Catholics. See Catholic. Old English. See English. Old Nick, Old Scratch, the devil. Old lady, a large European noctuid moth (Mormo maura). Old maid. A woman, somewhat advanced in years, who has never been married; a spinster. See the Note under Style. Old Testament. See Testament. Old wife. [In the senses b and cwritten also oldwife] A prating old woman; a gossip. "Refuse profane and old wives' fables." (1 Tim. Iv. 7) A duck; the old squaw. Old World, the Eastern Hemisphere. Synonym: Aged, ancient, pristine, primitive, antique, antiquated, old-fashioned, obsolete. See Ancient. Origin: OE. Old, ald, AS. Ald, eald; akin to D. Oud, OS. Ald, OFries. Ald, old, G. Alt, Goth. Alpeis, and also to Goth. Alan to grow up, Icel. Ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. Alere to nourish. Cf. Adult, Alderman, Aliment, Auld, Elder. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Old

old (current term)
old-age insurance
old-age pension
old-age pensioner
old-boy network
old-field toadflax
old-growth forest
old-growth stand

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