elderly

  • 1 elderly — [el′dər lē] adj. 1. somewhat old; past middle age; approaching old age 2. quite old; already in old age; aged 3. not current; outmoded the elderly elderly people as a group elderliness n …

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  • 2 Elderly — Eld er*ly, a. Somewhat old; advanced beyond middle age; bordering on old age; as, elderly people. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 elderly — I adjective advanced in years, aetate provectus, aged, along in years, hoary, matured, old, seasoned, senescent II index old Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 elderly — 1610s, from ELDER (Cf. elder) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). O.E. ealdorlic meant chief, princely, excellent, authentic. O.E. also had related eldernliche of old time, lit. forefatherly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 elderly — old, *aged, superannuated Antonyms: youthful …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 elderly — [adj] in old age aged, aging, ancient, been around*, declining, gray*, hoary, long in tooth*, lot of mileage*, no spring chicken*, old, olden, on last leg*, over the hill*, retired, tired, venerable; concepts 578,797 Ant. young, youth …

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  • 7 elderly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ old or ageing. DERIVATIVES elderliness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 elderly — 01. Many [elderly] people in this country live very active, independent lives. 02. Snowstorms are especially difficult for the [elderly], who often have trouble walking in snow. 03. In the apartment above us, there is an [elderly] couple who have …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 elderly — [[t]e̱ldə(r)li[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED (politeness) You use elderly as a polite way of saying that someone is old. There was an elderly couple on the terrace... Many of those most affected are elderly. N PLURAL: the N The elderly are people who… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 elderly */*/*/ — UK [ˈeldə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈeldərlɪ] adjective an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people An elderly gentleman was standing at the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 elderly — eld|er|ly [ eldərli ] adjective *** an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people: An elderly gentleman was standing at the hotel… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 elderly — el|der|ly W2S2 [ˈeldəli US ˈeldərli] adj 1.) used as a polite way of saying that someone is old or becoming old ▪ a well dressed elderly woman 2.) the elderly people who are old ▪ a retirement village for the elderly …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 elderly — 1. adjective her elderly mother Syn: aged, old, advanced in years, aging, long in the tooth, past one s prime; gray haired, grizzled, hoary; in one s dotage, decrepit, doddering, doddery, senescent; informal getting on, past it, over the hill, no …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 elderly — I. adjective Date: 1611 1. a. rather old; especially being past middle age b. old fashioned 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of later life or elderly persons • elderliness noun II. noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 elderly — adjective 1 old or becoming old: an elderly lady with white hair see old 2 the elderly people who are old, especially people who are too old to look after themselves and need special help …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 elderly — adj 1. old, rather old, oldish, on in years, along in years, advanced in years, past one s prime, Inf. over the hill, Derog. long in the teeth; late middle aged, Fr. d un certain age; gray haired, gray headed; aged, hoary, venerable, patriarchal; …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 elderly*/*/ — [ˈeldəli] adj 1) old Not all elderly people can live with their relatives.[/ex] 2) the elderly old people …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 elderly — eld•er•ly [[t]ˈɛl dər li[/t]] adj. 1) approaching old age 2) of or pertaining to persons in later life 3) the elderly, elderly persons collectively • Etymology: 1605–15 eld′er•li•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 elderly — /ˈɛldəli / (say elduhlee) adjective 1. quite old; in one s old age. 2. of or relating to persons in later life. –noun 3. the elderly, elderly people. –elderliness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 elderly — elderliness, n. /el deuhr lee/, adj. 1. somewhat old; near old age: a resort for elderly people. 2. of or pertaining to persons in later life. [1605 15; ELDER1 + LY] Syn. 1. See old. * * * …

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