old
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English eald; akin to Old High German alt old, Latin alere to nourish, alescere to grow, altus high, deep Date: before 12th century 1. a. dating from the remote past ; ancient <
old traditions
>
b. persisting from an earlier time <
an old ailment
>
<
they brought up the same old argument
>
c. of long standing <
an old friend
>
2. a. distinguished from an object of the same kind by being of an earlier date <
many still used the old name
>
b. capitalized belonging to an early period in the development of a language or literature <
Old Persian
>
3. having existed for a specified period of time <
a child three years old
>
4. of, relating to, or originating in a past era <
old chronicles record the event
>
5. a. advanced in years or age <
an old person
>
b. showing the characteristics of age <
looked old at 20
>
6. experienced <
an old trooper speaking of the last war
>
7. former <
his old students
>
8. a. showing the effects of time or use ; worn, aged <
old shoes
>
b. no longer in use ; discarded <
old rags
>
c. of a grayish or dusty color <
old mauve
>
d. tiresome <
gets old fast
>
9. a. long familiar <
same old story
>
<
good old Joe
>
b. — used as an intensive <
a high old time
>
c. — used to express an attitude of affection or amusement <
a big old dog
>
<
flex the old biceps
>
<
any old time
>
Synonyms: old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence <
old houses
>
<
an old sweater of mine
>
. ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past <
ancient accounts of dragons
>
. venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age <
the family's venerable patriarch
>
. antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time <
collected antique Chippendale furniture
>
. antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time <
antiquated teaching methods
>
. archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time <
the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period
>
. obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence <
a computer that makes earlier models obsolete
>
. II. noun Date: 13th century 1. one of a specified age — usually used in combination <
a 3-year-old
>
2. old or earlier time — used in the phrase of old <
the cavalry of old
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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