What is another word for old?

Synonyms for old
oʊldold

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term old.

Wiktionary

  1. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

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

    Antonyms:
    young

  5. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

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

    An old loaf of bread.

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

  8. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    Former, previous.

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

    Antonyms:
    new, current, latest

  11. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. oldadjective

    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. oldadjective

    (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. oldadjective

    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)adjective

    (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, olderadjective

    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)adjective

    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)adjective

    (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. Oldadjective

    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), oldadjective

    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

Matched Categories

Editors Contribution

  1. anceint

    Submitted by hi boy on August 19, 2019  
  2. erstwhile(a)

    Submitted by anonymous on February 24, 2020  
  3. incipit

    Submitted by anonymous on January 12, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. oldadjective

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

  2. oldadjective

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

  3. oldadjective

    Synonyms:
    of long date, not new

  4. oldadjective

    Synonyms:
    going to decay, worn out

How to pronounce old?

How to say old in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankingword
#367previous
#371old
#413man
#580age
#758past
#1445senior
#1639remote
#1753former
#1856older
#3247buddy
#3283ancient
#3510gray
#3910antique
#3972aged
#5010legacy
#5404aging
#6294mate
#6320alt
#6768veteran
#6976elderly
#7784elder
#8399antigua
#8499preceding
#8538dude
#10215governed
#12297obsolete
#12662outdated
#14998elders
#15106bro
#16245ageing
#19297pristine
#20079longtime
#25006viejo
#28260venerable
#34243longstanding
#40930vieux
#42969patriarchal
#44907hoary
#47777vecchio
#49178antiquated
#51357olden
#54532dilapidated
#56632erstwhile
#59666senile
#67518stara
#70794decrepit
#71076immemorial
#72717ancien
#97741anciens
#109316vecchi

How to use old in a sentence?

  1. Groucho Marx:

    You are only as old as the woman you feel.

  2. Bob Barnes:

    I’m in Louisiana. I’m from New York. i feel like I say that so often, it’s getting old.

  3. Warren Buffett:

    The Berkshire Hathaway CEO're looking at an 89-year-old guy that's barely beginning to be with Berkshire Hathaway.

  4. Ana Lorena Parada:

    A 12-year-old can't decide for herself if she is ready to have an abortion.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    Brothers and sisters: Now is not the time for thinking small, now is not the time for the same-old, same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-Beltway ideas.


Translations for old

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for old »

Translation

Find a translation for the old synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"old." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 28 Jun 2022. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/old>.

Discuss these old synonyms with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good synonym for old?

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a human thesaurus?

    »
    Which of the following terms is an antonym of the term "pathologic"?
    • A. healthy
    • B. diseased
    • C. ghoulish
    • D. morbid

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for old: