past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
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
(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?"
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
of long duration; not new
"old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
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
(used for emphasis) very familiar
"good old boy"; "same old story"
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
skilled through long experience
"an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
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
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"
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
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"
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
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"
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
just preceding something else in time or order
"the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
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
Your constant pestering is getting old.
Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive.
We're having a good old time.
Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.
a wrinkled old man
Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.
An old loaf of bread.
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.
Having existed or lived for the specified time.
That is no longer in existence.
The footpath follows the route of an old railway line.
That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way.
When he got drunk and quarrelsome they just gave him the old heave-ho.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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Dictionary of English Synonymes
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words
aged, elderly, senescent, decrepit, venerable, patriarchal, superannuated, senile, former, pre-existing, preceding, ancient, archaic, antique, antiquated, olden, time-honored, traditional, immemorial, primitive, primordial, primeval, pristine, fossil, dilapidated, decayed, effete, practiced, veteran, experienced, sensible, astute, shrewd, sagacious
List of paraphrases for "old":
ancient, former, age, antigua, elderly, vecchi, vieux, alt, old-growth, older, long-standing, viejo, age-old, previous, man, dude, old-fashioned, longtime, buddy, governed, obsolete, veteran, outdated, old-style, longstanding, vecchio, bro, elders, mate, stará, antique, past, long-time, old-timer, old-type, anciens, erstwhile, legacy, ancien, elder, dilapidated
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How to use old in a sentence?
Because when you're 8 years old, you should just enjoy life. Go to the park. Go to your mummy and eat some cake, and that's it.
I still can't quite believe how well this 1,000-year-old antibiotic actually seems to be working, when we got the first results we were just utterly dumbfounded. We did not see this coming at all.
If a woman is 26 years old, [ not ovulating ] for the last three years after she started eating unhealthy in college and became 10 pounds heavier, then I might say,' try this first ; don't go straight to IVF.' But I'd be cautious to wait a year on a diet if a woman is 40 years old. That would make me a little bit worried.
Even if I see a low AMH in a 30-year-old woman, I’m not going to counsel her and say ‘you’re doomed to infertility.’ I’d counsel her to think about having a family sooner.
I was in Karlsruhe recently where 2,000 Germans, from a 12-year-old girl to a 90-year-old woman, appeared daily to help the refugees.
Translations for old
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- مسن, كبير السن, قديمArabic
- əski, qoca, köhnəAzerbaijani
- ҡарт, биҙрәткән, иҫке, элекке, ялҡытҡанBashkir
- পুরোনো, প্রবীণBengali
- gran, antic, vell, tenirCatalan, Valencian
- старъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- gammel, tidligereDanish
- αρχαίος, τέως, παλιός, γηραιός, πρώην, ηλικιωμένοςGreek
- aĝi, malnova, jaraĝa, maljuna, oldaEsperanto
- antiguo, viejo, ex-, tener, anciano, deSpanish
- vana, endineEstonian
- کهنه, قبلی, ساله, قدیمی, کهن, پیر, سابق, مسن, دیرین, پیشین, کهنسالPersian
- -vuotias, vanha, ikäinen, entinenFinnish
- vieux, ancien, ex-, ça commence à bien faire, vieille, avoirFrench
- âldWestern Frisian
- d'aois, sean, ath-, aostaIrish
- aosda, aosmhor, seanScottish Gaelic
- זָקֵן, בַּת, יָשָׁן, בֵּן, קודם, קָשִׁישׁHebrew
- बूढ़ा, पुरानाHindi
- öreg, régiHungarian
- ծեր, հին, անցած, պառավArmenian
- tua, lamaIndonesian
- anciena, olda, antiquaIdo
- vecchio, avereItalian
- 年老いた, 古い, 老いたJapanese
- ескі, кәріKazakh
- 오래되다, 먹었다, 낡다, 늙다, 나이들다Korean
- pîr, پیرهژن, پیر, kevn, پیرهمێرد, پێشو, کۆنKurdish
- эски, карыKyrgyz
- vetulus, annosus, vetus, senex, natus esse, ex, antiquusLatin
- ແກ່, ເກົ່າLao
- vecs, sensLatvian
- tawhito, tahitoMāori
- има, стар, годиниMacedonian
- പഴയത്, പഴയMalayalam
- хуучин, хөгшинMongolian
- जुना, भुंडाMarathi
- lama, tua, bekasMalay
- qadima, qodma, xiħ, xjuħ, qadim, xiħaMaltese
- အို, ဟောင်းBurmese
- gammel, gammalNorwegian
- gamal, gammalNorwegian Nynorsk
- sání, nááhaiNavajo, Navaho
- ਪੁਰਾਣਾ, ਬੁੱਢੇ, ਪੁਰਾਣੀ, ਬੁੱਢੀ, ਪੁਰਾਣੇ, ਬੁੱਢਾ, ਪੁਰਾਣੀਆਂ, ਬੁੱਢੀਆਂPanjabi, Punjabi
- mieć, staryPolish
- ter, velho, com, antigo, cansativo, usado, idoso, dePortuguese
- fost, bătrân, vechi, anticRomanian
- ста́рый, '', бы́вший, пре́жнийRussian
- стар, starSerbo-Croatian
- වයසක, පැරණි, නාකි, පරණSinhala, Sinhalese
- starý, bývalýSlovak
- plak, vjetërAlbanian
- använd, gammal, före detta, åldrig, tidigare, ålderstigen, förlegad, utslitenSwedish
- mkongwe, ukaleSwahili
- ముసలి, పాత, మునుపటిTelugu
- пир, қадим, кӯҳна, қадимиTajik
- แก่, เก่า, ก่อนThai
- garry, köneTurkmen
- luma, dati, datingTagalog
- önceki, yaşında, yaşlı, eskiTurkish
- иске, картTatar
- قېرىUyghur, Uighur
- بوڑھا, پرانیUrdu
- eski, qariUzbek
- già, chán, cũ, tuổi, cựuVietnamese
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