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old - Dictionary definition and meaning for word old

Definition
(noun) past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
Definition
(adj) (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
Example Sentence
  • his mother is very old
  • a ripe old age
  • how old are you?

Definition
(adj) of long duration; not new
Example Sentence
  • old tradition
  • old house
  • old wine
  • old country
  • old friendships
  • old money

Definition
(adj) (used for emphasis) very familiar
Example Sentence
  • good old boy
  • same old story

Definition
(adj) skilled through long experience
Synonyms : older
Example Sentence
  • an old offender
  • the older soldiers

Definition
(adj) belonging to some prior time
Example Sentence
  • erstwhile friend
  • our former glory
  • the once capital of the state
  • her quondam lover

Definition
(adj) (used informally especially for emphasis)
Example Sentence
  • a real honest-to-god live cowboy
  • had us a high old time
  • went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel

Definition
(adj) of a very early stage in development
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) just preceding something else in time or order
Synonyms : previous
Example Sentence
  • the previous owner
  • my old house was larger

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