Adjective "old" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having lived for a long time; no longer young.
  1. 'I don't know how I'd get out if it wasn't for people like yourself that really care for old people like me.'
  2. 'The survey also found that many single old people choose cohabitation instead of marriage.'
  3. 'Crowds young and old lined the streets to clap and cheer the parade, led by brass brands, on their way to Albert Square.'
  4. 'I have taken very old people to the local doctor to have their age estimated.'
  5. 'We look forward to meeting all our supporters young and old there that night.'
  6. 'He looked too old to be in high school; I assumed he was in college.'
  7. 'The young virile fox is faster and will outrun the hounds, while the old fox past its prime will fall.'
  8. 'Although most likely in his thirties, the man had features that looked old beyond his years.'
  9. 'Chopsticks are clean and efficient and can be used by everyone from children to old people.'
  10. 'A few years ago I bumped into some old people at a party who actually went to the show, and they raved about it.'
  11. 'the old quarter of the town'
  12. 'The area up by the old Japanese quarter had a lot of places I discovered that seemed pretty unchanged to me.'
  13. 'A team of four heavily built labourers had been contracted to demolish the old building to make way for a new office block.'
  14. 'The centre is in Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of this handsome old city.'
  15. 'Hidden in a narrow alley of the old quarter of Nice, one discovered it by chance or word-of-mouth.'
  16. 'Faint remains of a Venetian fort lie crumbling on the hill above the old quarter.'
  17. 'It's built out of an old palace which has some of the most beautiful Buddhist art I've ever seen.'
  18. 'The new gravel road has been built parallel to the old tarmac Gun Park Road'
  19. 'In the past, the old surface was dug up with ear-splitting pneumatic drills and dumped at landfill sites.'
  20. 'The old quarter is also worth a stroll around, with some nice cafes in the Naranjas square.'
  21. 'He wanders past the old city gate, marooned by itself on an island in the traffic.'
  22. 'All artwork created by the kids can be taken home that day and children are advised to wear old clothes.'
  23. 'People are urged to take along old toys and clothing to donate to the needy and candles and carols sheets are on sale.'
  24. 'To take part, all you need to do is turn up in warm, old clothes, with sensible sturdy shoes.'
  25. 'You should bring old, warm waterproof clothes, sturdy boots and a packed lunch.'
  26. 'Imagine that your garage is filled chock-a-block with old furniture and other kinds of junk.'
  27. 'It was one of those houses where the only things in the attic were old toys, clothes, and boxes.'
  28. 'She got into her old nightgown and hung her wet clothes in the sunlight of her room.'
  29. 'Apparently, there was concern about some old papers now in my possession and she was going to want to check them.'
  30. 'There's not much of a market for old dictionaries with half the pages missing.'
  31. 'Do the donors who feed money and old possessions in at one end of the pipeline have any ideas where it leads?'
  32. 'I wish she'd shut up—it's getting old'
  33. 'The premise would have had much more to work with as a drama than as a comedy; there are only so many gay jokes you can do before they get old and they alone cannot carry the film.'
  34. 'Despite pinching from everything from silent movies to CSI, the ring scenes get old fast, mostly because they hold no surprises.'
  35. 'It gets old very quickly seeing person after person heap buttery praise on everyone and everything associated with the production.'
  36. 'The action is hackneyed - the slo-mo martial arts stuff was neat the first time, but it was already getting old by the time it was re-used in The Matrix Reloaded.'
  37. 'Boxing movies never get old.'
  38. 'If you ate filet mignon every day, it would get old.'
  39. 'Season three has degenerated to a point where they are just trying to break any taboo they can, and it's getting a little old.'
  40. 'For those who know Stan, you've heard many of these stories before - but surprisingly they never get old.'
  41. 'Also, his obsession with time and punctuality does get old after a while, at times threatening to turn the character into a one-trick pony.'
  42. 'he complained of being old beyond his years'
  43. 'She stared at the patch of old wallpaper: huge pink and red roses, gaudy, sentimental.'
Belonging to the past; former.
  1. 'In the Czech Republic, the old nobility is enjoying a new lease of life.'
  2. 'To get there, you walk past the old cricket pavilion, now the province of the Scouts.'
  3. 'The agriculture crisis has destroyed the old barter system he had with his regular clients.'
  4. 'Parker smiled and started to walk over to Jamie as she walked past him to her old seat in the corner.'
  5. 'I got to know a little bit about it, at least the old Berlin of the past, through Benjamin's eyes.'
  6. 'Nothing is more damaging to status in the group than using old slang.'
  7. 'The Doctor would be able to go back to Gallifrey and see all his old mates and new people that didn't used to exist in his Universe.'
  8. 'Well, regional leagues were tried in the past with the old Division Three North and Division Three South.'
  9. 'By tradition, remakes of old arcade games are rubbish, but Midway seem to have missed the ruling.'
  10. 'Fini's party has its roots in the fascist organisation of the past and includes many old fascists.'
  11. 'One of its campaigns is an attack on asylum seekers, which recycles a old leaflet used in past BNP campaigns.'
  12. 'Friends say these views are what makes Sunderland such an interesting mix of old and new Cadbury values.'
  13. 'Most people have had more than one job and it is easy to lose track of old employers and the pension schemes you may have paid into.'
  14. 'I did the Swatch Biker-X last year on Cullys old bike and made it to the quarters.'
  15. 'The bridge replaces the old North Bridge which has now been closed except for light traffic and pedestrians.'
  16. 'But Southampton transport planners have said there are no plans to dig up the old ramps or replace them.'
  17. 'Fred was sitting close by, working on replacing old laces with fresh ones on greenhide pack bags.'
  18. 'So there's a lot to unwind, to undo, if you are going to revert to the old spelling.'
  19. 'It now appears as if a new Railway bridge will be put in place to replace the old low bridge that was damaged recently.'
  20. 'Yes, the bus will actually go past the old Supreme Court where the trials took place.'
  21. 'Before the wedding the kitchen was renovated and an electric stove was put in to replace the old coal range.'
  22. 'What could she do but move on, find a new life and new dreams? - the old one was beyond repair.'
  23. 'we greeted each other like old friends'
  24. 'I rush over, and find that an old friend of mine is attending the casualty.'
  25. 'However, the name of the artist and date of some of the old works might be beyond identification.'
  26. 'You can resolve the same old problem with a new approach and make a breakthrough.'
  27. 'They, on the other hand, were at their old game of sloppy passing and giving away possession.'
  28. 'Can you weblog and not keep cropping up amongst the same old lists of sites?'
  29. 'On the dinner table the conversation turns to the characters in an old Western movie.'
  30. 'I belong to the old imperial class who want to put up roads and hospitals and make life easier for people.'
  31. 'It was as comfortable as an old shoe, and it brought back old memories from the past.'
  32. 'By recording all database changes, it also goes beyond simply archiving old messages.'
  33. 'What on earth possessed me to read through those old emails and instant message files?'
  34. 'an old Etonian'
  35. 'Maybe old Etonian James will bring his father round to seeing the value of theatre that is radical, critical, foul-mouthed and rude.'
  36. 'This describes perfectly his career as a philologist and his passion for old languages.'
  37. 'They are given in the book in the form of old Irish writing, new Irish writing and English.'
Of a specified age.
  1. 'a seven-month-old baby'
Used to express affection, familiarity, or contempt.
  1. 'I didn't like playing with silly old dolls'
  2. 'Reshepu strongly felt the good old postboxes were being neglected and he chose them as his subject.'
  3. 'I rode him first at Punchestown in the autumn of 1999 and we've had a good old haul together.'
  4. 'Because having been voted in, you just know that they will be up to the same old tricks.'
  5. 'I started using the good old notebook recently and all I have got is a list of random ideas that need sorting.'
  6. 'Ah, I thought, that good old British tolerance and decency really warms your heart.'
  7. 'There's a good old adage which really does work, If you want something doing well, do it yourself!'
  8. 'Those who yearn for the good old warehouse days are going to appreciate the jazzy, ambient vibe.'
  9. 'Get rid of the new-labour new-tory dictatorships and let's have good old democracy back again!'
  10. 'They like remembering the good old times in the spacious room with furniture matching the topic.'
  11. 'Whether you're looking for a tactical boxing match or a good old slug-fest, Knockout Kings has it all.'


1. far advanced in the years of one's or its life: an old man; an old horse; an old tree.

2. of or relating to the latter part of the life or term of existence of a person or thing: old age.

3. as if or appearing to be far advanced in years: Worry had made him old.

4. having lived or existed for a specified time: a man 30 years old; a century-old organization.

5. having lived or existed as specified with relation to younger or newer per

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be old for people."

"people can be old at alls."

"people can be old for sorts."

"clienteles can be old in places."

"people can be old in ways."

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Old English ald, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch oud and German alt, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘adult’, shared by Latin alere ‘nourish’.


any old
any old how
as old as the hills
be old enough to be someone's father (or mother)
of old
the old days
the Old Firm
you can't put an old head on young shoulders