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    old - Dictionary definition and meaning for word old

    (noun) past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old') Definition
    (adj) (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
    Example Sentence
    • his mother is very old
    • a ripe old age
    • how old are you?
    (adj) of long duration; not new
    Example Sentence
    • old tradition
    • old house
    • old wine
    • old country
    • old friendships
    • old money
    (adj) (used for emphasis) very familiar
    Example Sentence
    • good old boy
    • same old story
    (adj) skilled through long experience
    Synonyms : older
    Example Sentence
    • an old offender
    • the older soldiers
    (adj) belonging to some prior time
    Example Sentence
    • erstwhile friend
    • our former glory
    • the once capital of the state
    • her quondam lover
    (adj) (used informally especially for emphasis)
    Example Sentence
    • a real honest-to-god live cowboy
    • had us a high old time
    • went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel
    (adj) of a very early stage in development
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (adj) just preceding something else in time or order
    Synonyms : previous
    Example Sentence
    • the previous owner
    • my old house was larger
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