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Old meaning

old - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. Open country.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship.
  5. 5. Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise.
  6. 6. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.
  7. 7. Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
  8. 8. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
  9. 9. More than enough; abundant.
  10. 10. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; - used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
  13. 13. Aged; that has existed long; ancient; out of date.

old - examples of usage

  1. All these sites make the Old City of Jerusalem a place that visitors will never forget.
  2. That is termed old which has existed long, or which existed long ago. Ancient, from the Latin, through the French, is the more stately, old, from the Saxon, the more familiar word. Familiarity, on one side, is near to contempt; thus we say, an old coat, an old hat. On the other hand, familiarity is akin to tenderness, and thus old is a word of endearment; as, " the old homestead," the " old oaken bucket." " Tell me the old, old story!" has been sung feelingly by millions; " tell me that ancient story" would remove it out of all touch of human sympathy. Olden is a statelier form of old, and is applied almost exclusively to time, not to places, buildings, persons, etc. As regards periods of time, the familiar are also the near; thus, the old times are not too far away for familiar thought and reference; the olden times are more remote, ancient times still further removed. Gray, hoary, and moldering refer to outward and visible tokens of age. Aged applies chiefly to long- extended human life. Decrepit, gray, and hoary refer to the effects of age on the body exclusively; senile upon the mind also; as, a decrepit frame, senile garrulousness. One may be aged and neither decrepit nor senile. Elderly is applied to those who have passed middle life, but scarcely reached old age. Remote ( L. re, back or away, and moveo, move), primarily refers to space, but is extended to that which is far off in time; as, at some remote period. Venerable expresses the involuntary reverence that we yield to the majestic and long- enduring, whether in the material world or in human life and character. Compare ANTIQUE; OBSOLETE; PRIMEVAL.
  3. How old are you? - "Oddsfish!", Robert Hugh Benson.
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