• Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.

    "an old abandoned building;  an old friend"

  • Of an item that has been used and so is not new (unused).

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

  • (heading) Of an earlier time.
  • Obsolete; out-of-date.

    "That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way."

  • Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
  • Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.

    "an old loaf of bread"

  • Having existed or lived for the specified time.

    "My great-grandfather lived to be a hundred and one years old."

  • That is no longer in existence.

    "The footpath follows the route of an old railway line."

  • Tiresome.

    "Your constant pestering is getting old."

  • (obsolete) Excessive, abundant.
  • Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.

    "a wrinkled old man"

  • Having existed or lived for the specified time.

    "How old are they? She’s five years old and he's seven. We also have a young teen and a two-year-old."

  • Former, previous.

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

  • Familiar.

    "When he got drunk and quarrelsome they just gave him the old heave-ho."

  • A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. (Mostly in idioms like good old, big old and little old, any old and some 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."


  • People who are old; old beings; the older generation; usually used with the.

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

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