Synonyms for old

Synonyms for (noun) old

Synonyms: old

Definition: past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')

Similar words: past, past times, yesteryear

Definition: the time that has elapsed

Usage: forget the past

Synonyms for (adjective) old

Synonyms: previous, old

Definition: just preceding something else in time or order

Usage: the previous owner; my old house was larger

Similar words: preceding

Definition: existing or coming before


Synonyms: Old

Definition: of a very early stage in development

Usage: 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

Similar words: early

Definition: of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

Usage: the Early Hebrew alphabetical script is that used mainly from the 11th to the 6th centuries B.C.; Early Modern English is represented in documents printed from 1476 to 1700


Synonyms: old, older

Definition: skilled through long experience

Usage: an old offender; the older soldiers

Similar words: experienced, experient

Definition: having experience; having knowledge or skill from observation or participation


Synonyms: old

Definition: (used for emphasis) very familiar

Usage: good old boy; same old story

Similar words: familiar

Definition: well known or easily recognized

Usage: a familiar figure; familiar songs; familiar guests


Synonyms: honest-to-god, honest-to-goodness, sure-enough, old

Definition: (used informally especially for emphasis)

Usage: a real honest-to-god live cowboy; had us a high old time; went upriver to look at a sure-enough fish wheel

Similar words: genuine, echt

Definition: not fake or counterfeit

Usage: a genuine Picasso; genuine leather


Synonyms: old

Definition: of long duration; not new

Usage: old tradition; old house; old wine; old country; old friendships; old money

Similar words: antique, age-old

Definition: belonging to or lasting from times long ago

Usage: age-old customs; the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness


Similar words: antediluvian, antiquated, archaic

Definition: so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

Usage: a ramshackle antediluvian tenement; antediluvian ideas; archaic laws


Similar words: antique

Definition: made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age

Usage: the beautiful antique French furniture


Similar words: auld

Definition: a Scottish word

Usage: auld lang syne


Similar words: hand-down, hand-me-down

Definition: passed on from one person to another

Usage: not too proud to wear hand-me-down clothes


Similar words: hoary, rusty

Definition: ancient

Usage: hoary jokes


Similar words: immemorial

Definition: long past; beyond the limits of memory or tradition or recorded history

Usage: time immemorial


Similar words: long-ago

Definition: belonging to time long gone

Usage: those long-ago dresses that swished along the floor


Similar words: longtime

Definition: of long duration

Usage: a longtime friend


Similar words: patched

Definition: mended usually clumsily by covering a hole with a patch

Usage: patched jeans


Similar words: secondhand, used

Definition: previously used or owned by another

Usage: bought a secondhand (or used) car


Similar words: sunset

Definition: of a declining industry or technology

Usage: sunset industries


Similar words: yellow, yellowed

Definition: changed to a yellowish color by age

Usage: yellowed parchment


Synonyms: old

Definition: (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

Usage: his mother is very old; a ripe old age; how old are you?

Similar words: older, senior, aged, elderly

Definition: advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)

Usage: aged members of the society; elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper; senior citizen


Similar words: of age, aged

Definition: having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)

Usage: aged ten; ten years of age


Similar words: ageing, aging, senescent

Definition: growing old


Similar words: ancient

Definition: very old

Usage: an ancient mariner


Similar words: anile

Definition: of or like a feeble old woman


Similar words: centenarian

Definition: being at least 100 years old


Similar words: darkened

Definition: (of fabrics and paper) grown dark in color over time

Usage: the darkened margins of the paper


Similar words: doddering, doddery, senile, gaga

Definition: mentally or physically infirm with age

Usage: his mother was doddering and frail


Similar words: emeritus

Definition: honorably retired from assigned duties and retaining your title along with the additional title `emeritus' as in `professor emeritus'


Similar words: white-haired, hoar, hoary, gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly

Definition: showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

Usage: whose beard with age is hoar-Coleridge; nodded his hoary head


Similar words: middle-aged

Definition: being roughly between 45 and 65 years old


Similar words: nonagenarian

Definition: being from 90 to 99 years old

Usage: the nonagenarian inhabitants of the nursing home


Similar words: octogenarian

Definition: being from 80 to 89 years old


Similar words: oldish

Definition: somewhat elderly


Similar words: over-the-hill, overage, overaged, superannuated

Definition: too old to be useful

Usage: He left the house...for the support of twelve superannuated wool carders- Anthony Trollope


Similar words: sexagenarian

Definition: being from 60 to 69 years old

Usage: the sexagenarian population is growing


Similar words: venerable

Definition: impressive by reason of age

Usage: a venerable sage with white hair and beard


Synonyms: old, one-time, onetime, former, erstwhile, quondam, sometime

Definition: belonging to some prior time

Usage: erstwhile friend; our former glory; the once capital of the state; her quondam lover

Similar words: past

Definition: earlier than the present time; no longer current

Usage: time past; his youth is past; this past Thursday; the past year