One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
elderliness, old age, oldness, seniority, maturity, dotage, senilityView synonyms
- ‘Shakespeare's Claudio is told ‘Thou hast nor youth nor age’; conversely, this actor seems to have only youth and eld, with fribble in between.’
- ‘Like Youth, the play appears to contain autobiographical elements, but here the subject is eld.’
- ‘From a dark courtyard came a sound of oaths and blows, followed by shrill screams, and, huddled upon a damp doorstep, he saw the crook-backed forms of poverty and eld.’
- 1.1 Former times; the past.
- ‘For Billy Rose, at present busily revamping the theatre, it was like eld times.’
- ‘It was no more the withered limb of eld than my own; it was a rounded supple member, with smooth fingers…’
Old English ieldu, eldu, of Germanic origin; related to elder and old.
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