Synonyms for old


1. old, past, past times, yesteryear, yore
usage: past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')


1. old (vs. young), aged, elderly, older, senior, aged(prenominal), of age(predicate), aging, ageing, senescent, ancient, anile, centenarian, doddering, doddery, gaga, senile, emeritus, retired, gray, grey, gray-haired, grey-haired, gray-headed, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired, middle-aged, nonagenarian, octogenarian, oldish, overage, overaged, superannuated, over-the-hill, venerable, darkened, retired, superannuated, sexagenarian, experienced, mature, senior
usage: (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?"
2. old (vs. new), age-old, antique, antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, antique, auld, cold, stale, hand-me-down, hand-down, hoary, rusty, immemorial(postnominal), long-ago, longtime(prenominal), patched, secondhand, used, sunset, yellow, yellowed, noncurrent, nonmodern, past, stale, worn
usage: of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
3. old, past (vs. present) (vs. future)
usage: of an earlier time; "his old classmates"
4. old(prenominal), familiar (vs. unfamiliar)
usage: (used for emphasis) very familiar; "good old boy"; "same old story"
5. old, stale, moth-eaten, unoriginal (vs. original)
usage: lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; "moth-eaten theories about race"
6. previous(prenominal), old, preceding(prenominal) (vs. succeeding)
usage: just preceding something else in time or order; "the previous owner"; "my old house was larger"
7. Old, early (vs. middle) (vs. late)
usage: 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, older, experienced (vs. inexperienced)
usage: old in experience; "an old offender"; "the older soldiers"
9. honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, old(prenominal), sure-enough(prenominal), genuine (vs. counterfeit), echt
usage: 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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