, AS. ald
; akin to D. oud
, OS. ald
, OFries. ald
, 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
comparative Older ; superlative Oldest
- 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.
- Not new or fresh; not recently made or produced; having existed for a long time; as, old wine; an old friendship. "An old acquaintance."
- 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.
- 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.
✍ In this use old regularly follows the noun that designates the age; as, she was eight years old.
- Long practiced; hence, skilled; experienced; cunning; as, an old offender; old in vice.
Vane, young in years, but in sage counsel old.
- Long cultivated; as, an old farm; old land, as opposed to new land, that is, to land lately cleared.
- Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
- More than enough; abundant. Obs.
If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key.
- Aged; antiquated; hence, wanting in the mental vigor or other qualities belonging to youth; -- used disparagingly as a term of reproach.
- Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
- Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. "Go thy ways, old lad."
Syn. -- Aged; ancient; pristine; primitive; antique; antiquated; old-fashioned; obsolete. See Ancient.