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Meaning of OLD

Pronunciation:  owld

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  past times (especially in the phrase"in days of old")
  2. [adj]  just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
  3. [adj]  (linguistics) 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"
  4. [adj]  old in experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
  5. [adj]  of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
  6. [adj]  (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?"
  7. [adj]  lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"
  8. [adj]  of an earlier time; "his old classmates"

OLD is a 3 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: aged, aged(a), ageing, age-old, aging, ancient, anile, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, auld, centenarian, cold, darkened, doddering, doddery, early, elderly, emeritus, experienced, gaga, gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, hand-down, hand-me-down, hoar, hoary, immemorial(ip), long-ago, longtime(a), middle-aged, moth-eaten, nonagenarian, octogenarian, of age(p), older, oldish, overage, overaged, over-the-hill, patched, preceding(a), previous(a), retired, rusty, secondhand, senescent, senile, senior, sexagenarian, stale, sunset, superannuated, unoriginal, used, venerable, white-haired, yellow, yellowed
 Antonyms: immature, new, young
 See Also: mature, noncurrent, nonmodern, past, past, past times, worn, yesteryear, yore



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Old\, n.
    Open country. [Obs.] See {World}. --Shak.
  2. \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}.]
    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.
             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.
       ``An old acquaintance.'' --Camden.
    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.
    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.
    Note: In this use old regularly follows the noun that
          designates the age; as, she was eight years old.
    5. Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as,
       an old offender; old in vice.
             Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old.
    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. [Obs.]
             If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have
             old turning the key.                  --Shak.
    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. ``Go thy ways, old lad.'' --Shak.
    {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} (Zo["o]l.), a large European noctuid moth ({Mormo
    {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
    {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
    {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} (Zo["o]l.), 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 under {Testament}.
    {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) (Zo["o]l.) The local name of various fishes, as the
            European black sea bream ({Cantharus lineatus}), the
            American alewife, etc.
        (c) (Zo["o]l.) A duck; the old squaw.
    {Old World}, the Eastern Hemisphere.
    Syn: Aged; ancient; pristine; primitive; antique; antiquated;
         old-fashioned; obsolete. See {Ancient}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing something old in your dream, suggests that there is something in your life that you need to replace or get rid of.
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