Pronunciation: ōld
n.1.Open country.
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.
Let not old age disgrace my high desire.
- Sir P. Sidney.
The melancholy news that we grow old.
- Young.
2.Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship.
3.Formerly existing; ancient; not modern; preceding; original; as, an old law; an old custom; an old promise.
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.
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
- Cen. xlvii. 8.
5.Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.
Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old.
- Milton.
6.Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
7.Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
8.More than enough; abundant.
9.Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; - used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
10.Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
11.Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity.
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
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
a - (Bot.) 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
b - A prating old woman; a gossip.
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.
Noun1.Oldold - past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
Adj.1.old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; especially not young; often used as a combining form to indicate an age as specified as in `a week-old baby'; "an old man's eagle mind"--William Butler Yeats; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
2.old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
new - not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World"
3.old - of an earlier time; "his old classmates"
4.old - (used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story"
5.old - lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"
Synonyms: stale, moth-eaten
6.old - just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
Synonyms: previous
7.Old - 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.old - old in experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
Synonyms: older
9.old - 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"
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