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Synonyms for old
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. old(adj)

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

    Antonyms:
    adolescent, three-year-old, sunrise(a), counterfeit, preteen, infantile, refreshing, immature, schoolgirlish, childlike, youngish, boyish, inexperient, parvenu, brand-new, revolutionary, succeeding(a), recent, hot, preadolescent, untested, novel, unused, teen, future, spic-and-span, puppyish, radical, teenage, tender, junior, puppylike, virgin, schoolboyish, childly, teenaged, young, unfamiliar, newfound, one-year-old, newborn, middle, new-sprung(a), two-year-old, imitative, four-year-old, present(a), red-hot, five-year-old, small, untried, youthful, boylike, bran-new, little, fresh, girlish, early, new, spick-and-span, vernal, rising, late, parvenue, inexperienced

  2. old(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:
    erstwhile(a), onetime(a), honest-to-god, former(a), sometime(a), sure-enough(a), one-time(a), older, honest-to-goodness, old(a), previous(a), quondam(a)

    Antonyms:
    revolutionary, adolescent, untested, unused, new-sprung(a), newfound, future, preteen, schoolboyish, teenaged, brand-new, present(a), fresh, parvenu, young, puppyish, schoolgirlish, puppylike, newborn, rising, immature, boylike, inexperient, infantile, five-year-old, late, two-year-old, teenage, four-year-old, girlish, youngish, succeeding(a), inexperienced, new, preadolescent, three-year-old, bran-new, sunrise(a), teen, red-hot, boyish, untried, childlike, imitative, radical, hot, middle, recent, counterfeit, unfamiliar, virgin, little, vernal, tender, spick-and-span, refreshing, junior, one-year-old, early, small, youthful, novel, parvenue, spic-and-span, childly

  3. old(adj)

    of long duration; not new

    "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"

    Synonyms:
    erstwhile(a), onetime(a), honest-to-god, former(a), sometime(a), sure-enough(a), one-time(a), older, honest-to-goodness, old(a), previous(a), quondam(a)

    Antonyms:
    sunrise(a), junior, fresh, inexperient, imitative, little, brand-new, adolescent, childly, spic-and-span, inexperienced, tender, teen, girlish, late, teenage, early, untried, youthful, preteen, young, hot, unused, untested, preadolescent, rising, spick-and-span, radical, four-year-old, puppylike, present(a), teenaged, schoolgirlish, red-hot, schoolboyish, recent, bran-new, newborn, middle, boyish, counterfeit, two-year-old, parvenu, new, three-year-old, revolutionary, childlike, novel, future, succeeding(a), five-year-old, one-year-old, immature, parvenue, puppyish, newfound, infantile, virgin, boylike, small, youngish, vernal, new-sprung(a), unfamiliar, refreshing

  4. old(a)(adj)

    (used for emphasis) very familiar

    "good old boy"; "same old story"

    Antonyms:
    sunrise(a), childly, five-year-old, newfound, schoolgirlish, junior, hot, one-year-old, unfamiliar, imitative, succeeding(a), untested, four-year-old, revolutionary, young, teen, newborn, rising, teenage, parvenu, youthful, future, late, three-year-old, teenaged, schoolboyish, inexperienced, recent, inexperient, counterfeit, preteen, new-sprung(a), preadolescent, brand-new, boylike, puppylike, immature, virgin, early, red-hot, puppyish, radical, untried, girlish, bran-new, adolescent, present(a), new, infantile, vernal, spick-and-span, boyish, novel, childlike, tender, youngish, refreshing, parvenue, fresh, small, spic-and-span, two-year-old, middle, little, unused

  5. old, older(adj)

    skilled through long experience

    "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"

    Synonyms:
    quondam(a), elder, previous(a), senior, older, sr., old(a), former(a), one-time(a), honest-to-god, erstwhile(a), honest-to-goodness, onetime(a), aged, sure-enough(a), sometime(a), elderly

    Antonyms:
    small, bran-new, preadolescent, immature, childlike, imitative, teen, new-sprung(a), fresh, sunrise(a), newfound, three-year-old, future, revolutionary, novel, parvenue, brand-new, youthful, inexperienced, newborn, infantile, new, adolescent, present(a), middle, schoolgirlish, hot, untested, boyish, five-year-old, unused, late, childly, spic-and-span, refreshing, parvenu, boylike, vernal, inexperient, puppylike, radical, four-year-old, spick-and-span, recent, untried, junior, succeeding(a), rising, red-hot, teenaged, counterfeit, tender, two-year-old, unfamiliar, early, schoolboyish, preteen, young, teenage, girlish, virgin, youngish, little, one-year-old, puppyish

  6. erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)(adj)

    belonging to some prior time

    "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"

    Antonyms:
    young, recent, parvenue, schoolboyish, puppylike, preteen, preadolescent, adolescent, hot, unfamiliar, puppyish, parvenu, five-year-old, tender, teen, little, unused, novel, rising, succeeding(a), future, inexperienced, vernal, sunrise(a), bran-new, teenage, schoolgirlish, newborn, boyish, junior, three-year-old, refreshing, fresh, counterfeit, middle, childly, revolutionary, four-year-old, boylike, virgin, untested, spick-and-span, two-year-old, youthful, early, one-year-old, red-hot, spic-and-span, new, inexperient, small, new-sprung(a), radical, untried, childlike, teenaged, youngish, infantile, present(a), newfound, brand-new, imitative, girlish, immature, late

  7. honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(a), sure-enough(a)(adj)

    (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"

    Antonyms:
    newborn, spick-and-span, rising, two-year-old, early, youthful, fresh, red-hot, untried, childlike, recent, virgin, bran-new, brand-new, new, infantile, late, refreshing, parvenu, schoolboyish, spic-and-span, adolescent, sunrise(a), teen, boyish, hot, newfound, unused, untested, three-year-old, vernal, childly, one-year-old, boylike, young, counterfeit, present(a), girlish, unfamiliar, new-sprung(a), teenaged, future, novel, immature, preteen, youngish, preadolescent, puppyish, little, imitative, four-year-old, five-year-old, succeeding(a), middle, teenage, radical, schoolgirlish, junior, puppylike, small, parvenue, tender, inexperient, revolutionary, inexperienced

  8. Old(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    erstwhile(a), onetime(a), honest-to-god, former(a), sometime(a), sure-enough(a), one-time(a), older, honest-to-goodness, old(a), previous(a), quondam(a)

    Antonyms:
    refreshing, five-year-old, novel, inexperient, puppylike, little, immature, untested, young, one-year-old, new-sprung(a), untried, virgin, newfound, teenaged, teen, two-year-old, schoolboyish, four-year-old, rising, childly, spic-and-span, three-year-old, newborn, junior, puppyish, counterfeit, brand-new, present(a), hot, middle, red-hot, bran-new, vernal, adolescent, schoolgirlish, late, sunrise(a), preadolescent, succeeding(a), infantile, recent, imitative, unused, revolutionary, teenage, new, childlike, youthful, spick-and-span, boylike, fresh, small, inexperienced, youngish, parvenue, tender, early, girlish, radical, boyish, unfamiliar, preteen, future, parvenu

  9. previous(a), old(adj)

    just preceding something else in time or order

    "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"

    Antonyms:
    preadolescent, untried, unfamiliar, virgin, counterfeit, present(a), newborn, childlike, newfound, future, recent, young, spick-and-span, preteen, one-year-old, schoolgirlish, new-sprung(a), girlish, early, unused, schoolboyish, small, infantile, refreshing, tender, immature, inexperient, succeeding(a), rising, puppylike, spic-and-span, red-hot, adolescent, four-year-old, teenage, hot, untested, vernal, three-year-old, middle, radical, teenaged, boylike, teen, little, late, brand-new, boyish, bran-new, imitative, parvenue, youthful, puppyish, fresh, sunrise(a), junior, parvenu, five-year-old, two-year-old, youngish, childly, new, novel, revolutionary, inexperienced

Wiktionary

  1. old(adjective)

    Tiresome.

    Your constant pestering is getting old.

    Synonyms:
    ancient, long in the tooth, obsolete, erstwhile, antiquated, ex-, one-time, aged, of age, former, past

  2. old(adjective)

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

    Synonyms:
    ex-, aged, obsolete, long in the tooth, antiquated, of age, one-time, former, ancient, erstwhile, past

  3. old(adjective)

    A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive.

    We're having a good old time.

    Synonyms:
    long in the tooth, erstwhile, ex-, former, past, of age, ancient, one-time, aged, antiquated, obsolete

  4. old(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    elderly, ageing, long in the tooth, aged, aging

    Antonyms:
    young

  5. old(adjective)

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

    Synonyms:
    antiquated, aged, one-time, ancient, long in the tooth, former, of age, obsolete, ex-, erstwhile, past

  6. old(adjective)

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

    a wrinkled old man

    Synonyms:
    long in the tooth, one-time, obsolete, former, ancient, of age, erstwhile, ex-, past, antiquated, aged

  7. old(adjective)

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

    An old loaf of bread.

    Synonyms:
    one-time, aged, ancient, past, obsolete, antiquated, of age, long in the tooth, former, erstwhile, ex-

  8. old(adjective)

    Of an item that has been used and so is not new .

    I find that an old toothbrush is good to clean the keyboard with.

    Synonyms:
    antiquated, of age, former, aged, erstwhile, ancient, one-time, long in the tooth, ex-, obsolete, past

  9. old(adjective)

    Having existed or lived for the specified time.

    Synonyms:
    ancient, aged, obsolete, past, long in the tooth, erstwhile, one-time, ex-, former, antiquated, of age

    Antonyms:
    brand new, new, fresh

  10. old(adjective)

    Former, previous.

    Synonyms:
    past, antiquated, ancient, one-time, long in the tooth, erstwhile, former, of age, ex-, aged, obsolete

    Antonyms:
    new, current, latest

  11. old(adjective)

    That is no longer in existence.

    The footpath follows the route of an old railway line.

    Synonyms:
    antiquated, past, erstwhile, ex-, ancient, long in the tooth, aged, of age, one-time, former, obsolete

  12. old(adjective)

    Obsolete; out-of-date.

    That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way.

    Synonyms:
    past, erstwhile, ancient, antiquated, one-time, long in the tooth, former, ex-, aged, of age, obsolete

  13. old(adjective)

    Familiar.

    When he got drunk and quarrelsome they just gave him the old heave-ho.

    Synonyms:
    aged, long in the tooth, past, of age, obsolete, erstwhile, former, one-time, ex-, ancient, antiquated

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. old

    That is termed old which has existed long, or which existed long ago. Ancient, from the Latin, through the French, is the more stately, old, from the Saxon, the more familiar word. Familiarity, on one side, is near to contempt; thus we say, an old coat, an old hat. On the other hand, familiarity is akin to tenderness, and thus old is a word of endearment; as, "the old homestead," the "old oaken bucket." "Tell me the old, old story!" has been sung feelingly by millions; "tell me that ancient story" would remove it out of all touch of human sympathy. Olden is a statelier form of old, and is applied almost exclusively to time, not to places, buildings, persons, etc. As regards periods of time, the familiar are also the near; thus, the old times are not too far away for familiar thought and reference; the olden times are more remote, ancient times still further removed. Gray, hoary, and moldering refer to outward and visible tokens of age. Aged applies chiefly to long-extended human life. Decrepit, gray, and hoary refer to the effects of age on the body exclusively; senile upon the mind also; as, a decrepit frame, senile garrulousness. One may be aged and neither decrepit nor senile. Elderly is applied to those who have passed middle life, but scarcely reached old age. Remote (Latin re, back or away, and moveo, move), primarily refers to space, but is extended to that which is far off in time; as, at some remote period. Venerable expresses the involuntary reverence that we yield to the majestic and long-enduring, whether in the material world or in human life and character. Compare ANTIQUE; OBSOLETE; PRIMEVAL.

    Compare synonyms for NEW; YOUTHFUL.

    Synonyms:
    aged, ancient, antiquated, antique, decrepit, elderly, gray, hoary, immemorial, olden, patriarchal, remote, senile, time-honored, time-worn, venerable

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. old

    Synonyms:
    aged, pristine, long-standing, ancient, preceding, antiquated, obsolete, senile antique

    Antonyms:
    youthful, young, recent, fresh, modern, subsequent, newfashioned, current

Editors Contribution

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. old(a.)

    Synonyms:
    aged, elderly, not young, of advanced age, advanced in years

  2. old(a.)

    Synonyms:
    ancient, antique, antiquated, old-fashioned, olden, not modern

  3. old(a.)

    Synonyms:
    of long date, not new

  4. old(a.)

    Synonyms:
    going to decay, worn out

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How to use old in a sentence?

  1. Ranveer Singh Jamval:

    We will target the mountaineering waste from Camp 1 (19,695 feet) to the summit, there are old cylinders, tents, tins, packets, equipment and other mountaineering waste. Apart from our own haversacks weighing 10 kg each, we intend to bring in another 10 kg each on the trip.

  2. Khanittha Yimlamai:

    I saw migrants with sores from such difficult labor... Some of them were only 15 or 16 years old, before, I used to think why do we have to help them? They came here to work. But when I saw these conditions, I realized that someone had to help them.

  3. Donna Pollard:

    The clerk didn’t even look up at me from her computer. She only asked: ‘Which one’s the minor?’ She didn’t assess if I was safe or needed something. He was 30 years old at the time, but nobody questioned the fact that he was so much older.

  4. Horace:

    He's happy who, far away from business, like the races of men of old, tills his ancestral fields with his own oxen, unbound by any interest to pay.

  5. David Axelrod:

    I think age is a very legitimate issue, this is the hardest job on the planet. And( it is) sensible to ask the question whether people who are nearing 80 years old when they enter office are prepared for it.


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