Definition of auld in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːld//ɑːld/


  • Old.

    ‘that's what my auld da used to say’
    • ‘There was a great auld warmth about him and I had a great affection for him.’
    • ‘Three auld fellas filed into the hall in a row sporting baseball caps bearing the slogan: ‘I'm backing Bertie’.’
    • ‘But we had a great auld night and we will make up for it again.’
    • ‘And Scotland was where they all transported themselves one summer's day last year to watch as the head of their family presided at the restoration of ‘an auld sang’.’
    • ‘The auld enemy, England, was, in fact, their saviour, and - but for the chattering-class nationalist posturing - could still be so now.’
    • ‘Regardless of her politics and whether you like her or not, this ‘despicable auld boot’ as you have chosen to describe her, has earned her place in British and indeed world history.’
    • ‘just like in the good auld days of Henry VIII, Bloody Mary and James II.’
    • ‘His days toiling in the fields were done, now he sat around with his peers playing cards, and talking about ‘the good auld days’.’
    • ‘I too will retain fond memories of Dublin ‘in the rare auld times’&hellip.’
    • ‘We are back to that old business of trying to create a new image of Scotland because foreigners, bless'em, think of the auld country only in terms of kilts and tartan and all that old-fashioned stuff.’
    • ‘Greatly appreciated, the men sat around on their break, most likely, talking of their ‘good auld days’.’
    • ‘It was 10.40 am on a glorious autumn morning, and here were eight score plus auld fellas singing ‘Silent Night’ as if Santa was on his way.’
    • ‘It is true that Atkinson portrays an auld Edinburgh filtered through the works of Sir Walter Scott, with a dash of Dickens thrown in for good measure.’
    • ‘After getting up to ‘have a go at the auld dancing,’ he swung himself around so hard that his false teeth went skidding across the dance floor - much to the amusement of Gerry and all in attendance.’
    • ‘It is a piece of Scotland in the heart of the auld enemy, so it might be expected to maintain the traditional hostility towards the English and their team.’
    • ‘’ It augurs well for the future of Kildare football and keeps us auld fellas on our toes,’ jested Murphy.’
    • ‘The idea that July 1999 was a revival of ‘the auld sang’, a rebirth of a national parliament, encouraged a belief that Scotland was, effectively, becoming an independent country again.’
    • ‘I had a couple of other auld fellas make similar jokes.’
    • ‘I've known him all my life, he was always on the move and was a right auld laugh.’


  • auld Reekie

    • informal A name for Edinburgh.


Old English ald, Anglian form of old.