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
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
5. belonging to some prior time
6. very good
- we had a grand old time
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
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.