Definition and Meanings for old

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Old is ranked 152 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of old

noun, adjective, comparative, superlative

Etymology of old

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

Meaning of old


as noun

  • open country.

as adjective, comparative, superlative

  • 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.
  • not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship.
  • formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise.
  • 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.
  • long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.
  • long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
  • worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
  • more than enough; abundant.
  • aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
  • old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
  • used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity.

as noun

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