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Definition of 'old'


  1. past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')


  1. (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "an old man's eagle mind"--William Butler Yeats; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
       Antonyms: young immature
  2. of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
       Antonyms: new
  3. (used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story"
  4. just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
       Synonyms: previous
  5. 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"
  6. old in experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
       Synonyms: older
  7. belonging to some prior time; "erstwhile friend"; "our former glory"; "the once capital of the state"; "her quondam lover"
       Synonyms: erstwhile former onetime quondam sometime
  8. (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"
       Synonyms: honest-to-god honest-to-goodness sure-enough

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