(noun, adjective)


1. (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?

Similar word(s): experienced, experient, mature, aged, elderly, older, senior, ageing, aging, senescent, ancient, anile, centenarian, darkened, doddering, doddery, gaga, senile, emeritus, gray, grey, grizzly, hoar, hoary, nonagenarian, octogenarian, oldish, overage, overaged, superannuated, sexagenarian, venerable, senior

2. of long duration; not new

- old tradition

- old house

- old wine

Similar word(s): noncurrent, stale, nonmodern, antique, antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, auld, hoary, rusty, immemorial, longtime, patched, secondhand, used, sunset, yellow, yellowed, past, worn

3. (used for emphasis) very familiar

- good old boy

- same old story

Similar word(s): familiar

4. skilled through long experience

- an old offender

- the older soldiers

Similar word(s): experienced, experient, older

5. belonging to some prior time

Similar word(s): past, erstwhile, former, onetime, quondam, sometime

6. very good

- we had a grand old time

Similar word(s): good, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, peachy, smashing, swell

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

Similar word(s): early

8. just preceding something else in time or order

- my old house was larger

Similar word(s): preceding, previous

Sentences with old as an adjective:

- an old abandoned building;  an old friend

- a wrinkled old man

- an old loaf of bread

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

- 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.

- My new car is not as good as my old one.  a school reunion for Old Etonians

- 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.

- Your constant pestering is getting old.

- We're having a good old time. My next car will be a big old SUV.  My wife makes the best little old apple pie in Texas.


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

Definition categories: time, past, yesteryear

Sentences with old as a noun:

- A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.