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EN[əʊld] [ɔʊld] [oʊld] [-əʊld]
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WOld
  • Old or OLD may refer to:
  • Old age or, by extension, someone or something that has endured and become comfortable or widely familiar.
an old building.
an old building.

    Definition of old in English Dictionary

  • NounSUF-old
    1. People who are old; old beings; the older generation; usually used with the.
      1. A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.
  • AdjectiveCOMolderCOMelderSUPoldestSUPeldest
    1. Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
      1. an old abandoned building;  an old friend ‎
      2. a wrinkled old man ‎
      3. an old loaf of bread ‎
    2. Of an item that has been used and so is not new (unused).
      1. I find that an old toothbrush is good to clean the keyboard with. ‎
    3. Having existed or lived for the specified time.
      1. How old are they? She’s five years old and he's seven. We also have a young teen and a two-year-old child. ‎
      2. My great-grandfather lived to be a hundred and one years old. ‎
    4. (heading) Of an earlier time.
      1. My new car is not as good as my old one.  a school reunion for Old Etonians ‎
      2. The footpath follows the route of an old railway line. ‎
      3. That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way. ‎
      4. When he got drunk and quarrelsome they just gave him the old heave-ho. ‎
    5. Tiresome.
      1. Your constant pestering is getting old. ‎
    6. Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
      1. A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. (Mostly in idioms like good old, big old and little old, any old and some old.).
        1. We're having a good old time. My next car will be a big old SUV.   My wife makes the best little old apple pie in Texas. ‎
      2. OBS Excessive, abundant.
      3. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • The old wooden table was given regular varnishings.
          • ... if Painter did ever abide in the old bark mill said to be anent his brother's freehold. — R.T. Smith, Ina Grove, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 81, Iss. 4; pg. 230, 25 pgs, 2005
          • In poor families, solid cloths are passed down from elder children to kid siblings, who must wear them out or if they outgrow them pass them down to still younger relatives
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Old Buggy and Winter Birds shows a buggy parked in front of a drive shed, while cardinals, juncos, and song sparrows feed on grain strewn over the ground.
          • Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • She went from the arms of the football captain to the dry-handed grasp of Mr. Depopolus, who'd retired from the faculty when she was twelve years old.
          • I finally decided that the production was a work of neoromanticism, not only because I like a good ten-dollar word, but because the basic struggle here is between the young and the old.
          • Sometimes people aren't available for a rousing night of "Netflix and chill." - Can't change someone or fix them. People are who they are, especially as they get older.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Adjectives
          • Nouns
            • Noun forms
              • Plurals
                • Irregular plurals
                  • Invariant nouns
                • Noun plural forms
                  • Irregular plurals
                    • Invariant nouns
                • Invariant nouns
                  • Irregular plurals
                    • Invariant nouns
                    • Nouns with irregular plurals
                      • Invariant nouns
                      • Countable nouns
                        • Singularia tantum
                          • Uncountable nouns
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                      Meaning of old for the defined word.

                      Grammatically, this word "old" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a noun form, an invariant noun, an irregular plural, a nouns with irregular plural, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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