Free Dictionary

Free Dictionary

Home ×
Link Link Link Link

Search Result for "old": 
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

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


ADJECTIVE (8)

1. (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age;
- Example: "his mother is very old"
- Example: "a ripe old age"
- Example: "how old are you?"

2. of long duration; not new;
- Example: "old tradition"
- Example: "old house"
- Example: "old wine"
- Example: "old country"
- Example: "old friendships"
- Example: "old money"

3. (used for emphasis) very familiar;
- Example: "good old boy"
- Example: "same old story"

4. skilled through long experience;
- Example: "an old offender"
- Example: "the older soldiers"
[syn: old, older]

5. belonging to some prior time;
- Example: "erstwhile friend"
- Example: "our former glory"
- Example: "the once capital of the state"
- Example: "her quondam lover"
[syn: erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one-time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)]

6. (used informally especially for emphasis);
- Example: "a real honest-to-god live cowboy"
- Example: "had us a high old time"
- Example: "went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel"
[syn: honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(a), sure-enough(a)]

7. of a very early stage in development;
- Example: "Old English is also called Anglo Saxon"
- Example: "Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"

8. just preceding something else in time or order;
- Example: "the previous owner"
- Example: "my old house was larger"
[syn: previous(a), old]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Old \Old\ ([=o]ld), n. Open country. [Obs.] See World. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Old \Old\, a. [Compar. Older; superl. Oldest.] [OE. old, ald, AS. ald, eald; akin to D. oud, OS. ald, OFries. ald, old, G. alt, Goth. alpeis, and also to Goth. alan to grow up, Icel. ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. alere to nourish. Cf. Adult, Alderman, Aliment, Auld, Elder.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree. [1913 Webster] Let not old age disgrace my high desire. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] The melancholy news that we grow old. --Young. [1913 Webster] 2. Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship. "An old acquaintance." --Camden. [1913 Webster] 3. Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise. "The old schools of Greece." --Milton. "The character of the old Ligurians." --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; -- designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old. [1913 Webster] And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou? --Cen. xlvii. 8. [1913 Webster] Note: In this use old regularly follows the noun that designates the age; as, she was eight years old. [1913 Webster] 5. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice. [1913 Webster] Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 6. Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared. [1913 Webster] 7. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes. [1913 Webster] 8. More than enough; abundant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach. [1913 Webster] 10. Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly. [1913 Webster] 11. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. "Go thy ways, old lad." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Old age, advanced years; the latter period of life. Old bachelor. See Bachelor, 1. Old Catholics. See under Catholic. Old English. See under English. n., 2. Old Nick, Old Scratch, the devil. Old lady (Zool.), a large European noctuid moth (Mormo maura). Old maid. (a) A woman, somewhat advanced in years, who has never been married; a spinster. (b) (Bot.) A West Indian name for the pink-flowered periwinkle (Vinca rosea). (c) A simple game of cards, played by matching them. The person with whom the odd card is left is the old maid. Old man's beard. (Bot.) (a) The traveler's joy (Clematis Vitalba). So named from the abundant long feathery awns of its fruit. (b) The Tillandsia usneoides. See Tillandsia. Old man's head (Bot.), a columnar cactus (Pilocereus senilis), native of Mexico, covered towards the top with long white hairs. Old red sandstone (Geol.), a series of red sandstone rocks situated below the rocks of the Carboniferous age and comprising various strata of siliceous sandstones and conglomerates. See Sandstone, and the Chart of Geology. Old school, a school or party belonging to a former time, or preserving the character, manner, or opinions of a former time; as, a gentleman of the old school; -- used also adjectively; as, Old-School Presbyterians. Old sledge, an old and well-known game of cards, called also all fours, and high, low, Jack, and the game. Old squaw (Zool.), a duck (Clangula hyemalis) inhabiting the northern parts of both hemispheres. The adult male is varied with black and white and is remarkable for the length of its tail. Called also longtailed duck, south southerly, callow, hareld, and old wife. Old style. (Chron.) See the Note under Style. Old Testament. See Old Testament under Testament, and see tanak. Old wife. [In the senses b and c written also oldwife.] (a) A prating old woman; a gossip. Refuse profane and old wives' fables. --1 Tim. iv. 7. (b) (Zool.) The local name of various fishes, as the European black sea bream (Cantharus lineatus), the American alewife, etc. (c) (Zool.) A duck; the old squaw. Old World, the Eastern Hemisphere. [1913 Webster] Syn: Aged; ancient; pristine; primitive; antique; antiquated; old-fashioned; obsolete. See Ancient. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

old adj 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?" [ant: immature, young] 2: of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money" [ant: new] 3: (used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story" 4: skilled through long experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers" [syn: old, older] 5: belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover" [syn: erstwhile(a), former(a), old, onetime(a), one- time(a), quondam(a), sometime(a)] 6: (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" [syn: honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(a), sure-enough(a)] 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" 8: just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger" [syn: previous(a), old] n 1: past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

144 Moby Thesaurus words for "old": abandoned, abjured, adult, advanced, advanced in life, advanced in years, age-old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, auld, big, blase, bygone, constant, continuing, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, dated, dateless, demode, deserted, discontinued, disused, done with, early, elderly, enduring, erstwhile, established, experienced, firm, fore, former, getting on, gray, gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grown, grown old, grown-up, hoar, hoary, immemorial, inveterate, knowing, late, lifelong, long-lived, marriable, marriageable, mature, matured, maturescent, not born yesterday, not worth saving, nubile, obsolescent, obsolete, of age, of marriageable age, of old, of yore, old as Methuselah, old as history, old as time, old-fashioned, old-time, old-timey, olden, oldfangled, on the shelf, once, onetime, out, out of use, out-of-date, outdated, outmoded, outworn, overage, passe, past, past use, patriarchal, pensioned off, perennial, perpetual, practical, practiced, prehistoric, previous, primeval, primitive, prior, quondam, recent, relinquished, renounced, resigned, retired, ripe, ripened, sagacious, seasoned, senectuous, skilled, solid, sometime, sophisticated, staying, steady, superannuate, superannuated, superseded, then, timeless, timeworn, traditional, tried, tried and true, venerable, versed, vet, veteran, whilom, white, white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired, world-wise, worldly, worldly-wise, worn-out, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

OLD, adj. In that stage of usefulness which is not inconsistent with general inefficiency, as an _old man_. Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an _old_ book. "Old books? The devil take them!" Goby said. "Fresh every day must be my books and bread." Nature herself approves the Goby rule And gives us every moment a fresh fool. Harley Shum