If you talk about people or things of old, you are referring to people or things that existed long ago but which no longer exist, or no longer exist in the same form.
An age-old story, tradition, or problem has existed for many generations or centuries.
You use any old to emphasize that the quality or type of something is not important . If you say that a particular thing is not any old thing, you are emphasizing how special or famous it is.
having been in existence or alive for one day
Your old age is the period of years towards the end of your life.
If someone refers to an old person, especially an old woman, as an old bat, they think that person is silly, annoying, or unpleasant .
You can refer to a man who used to be a pupil at a particular school or university as an old boy .
If you say that something or someone is old hat, you mean that they have existed or been known for a long time, and they have become uninteresting and boring .
Some people refer to their father, husband, or boyfriend as their old man .
→ the old one
one's native country
You use good old before the name of a person, place, or thing when you are referring to them in an affectionate way .
An adage is something which people often say and which expresses a general truth about some aspect of life.
Some people use the phrase old bird to refer to someone and say what they are like .
(used in informal direct address )
a person who is experienced, esp in life in colonial Australia
→ the Old Dart
→ the old days
the capital of India, in the N central part, on the Jumna river: consists of Old Delhi (a walled city reconstructed in 1639 on the site of former cities of Delhi, which date from the 15th century bc ) and New Delhi to the south, chosen as the capital in 1912, replacing Kolkata (then called Calcutta ); university (1922). Pop: 9 817 439 (2001)
the Dutch language up to about 1100, derived from the Low Franconian dialect of Old Low German
a type style that originated in the 18th century, characterized by little contrast between thick and thin strokes
An old flame is someone with whom you once had a romantic relationship .
a person who is excessively old-fashioned in attitude, ideas, manners, etc.
You can refer to a woman who used to be a pupil at a particular school or university as an old girl .
People sometimes refer to the flag of the United States as Old Glory .
an elderly man who is disliked, esp. for being mean to or disapproving of younger people
a dark yellow colour, sometimes with a brownish tinge
If you refer to a group of people as the old guard, you mean that they have worked in a particular organization for a very long time and are unwilling to accept new ideas or practices .
If someone is an old hand at something, they are very skilled at it because they have been doing it for a long time.
the Devil ; Satan
the group of Indo-European languages of ancient India including early and classical Sanskrit, as well as Pali and the earliest vernaculars ( Prakrits )
a dialect of ancient Greek : the language of Homer
the Celtic language of Ireland up to about 900 ad, introduced to Scotland by Irish settlers about 500 ad
Some men refer to their wife, girlfriend, or mother as their old lady .
the Latin language before the classical period, up to about 100 bc
conservative ; old-fashioned
People sometimes refer to an old or middle-aged woman as an old maid when she has never married and they think that it is unlikely that she ever will marry. This word is likely to cause offence, and should not be used.
the media in existence before the arrival of the internet, such as newspapers, books, television, and cinema
money and wealth that has passed down from your ancestors
a phase of the moon lying between last quarter and new moon, when it appears as a waning crescent
the Devil ; Satan
the language or group of dialects of medieval Scandinavia and Iceland from about 700 to about 1350, forming the North Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
a river bed left dry because the river has changed its course
a greyish-pink colour
the Saxon dialect of Low German up to about 1200, from which modern Low German is derived
a person or thing that is comfortably familiar and unpretentious
the hip-hop music of the 1980s or modern music imitating this style
the American South before the Civil War
a long-tailed northern sea duck, Clangula hyemalis, having dark wings and a white-and-brown head and body