Definition of old-fashioned in English:



  • 1In or according to styles or types no longer current; not modern.

    ‘an old-fashioned kitchen range’
    • ‘Remember those old-fashioned telephones that plugged directly into the wall and had a cord attached to the hand piece?’
    • ‘If such old-fashioned home remedies don't work, there is a new high-tech product in the drugstore.’
    • ‘On the sound side, the old-fashioned Dolby Digtial Stereo 2.0 is clean, crisp, and clear.’
    • ‘Falling business, old-fashioned designs, and conventional showroom decor keep the customers away.’
    • ‘The decor is impeccable - basically old-fashioned, but with enough modern twists to stop it feeling dated.’
    • ‘These are modern, gender-bending versions of old-fashioned wind-up toys, but all made of paper and very funny.’
    • ‘The place became so quiet, you could hear an old-fashioned timer clock ticking in the kitchen.’
    • ‘I appreciate that some people may not like modern architecture as opposed to the large ornate old-fashioned buildings.’
    • ‘She walks toward her kitchen and grabs an old-fashioned basket with handles, the basket is made from tree bark and it shines beautifully in the day.’
    • ‘Designed to mimic old-fashioned eyelet fabric, the metal O's create a modern look with no-sew ease.’
    • ‘The old-fashioned furniture and fixtures have been replaced by modern wooden flooring and decoration in bright primary colours in a three-week programme.’
    • ‘To a lot of people, it might sound like really old-fashioned music, but to us it's current, it's what we do now.’
    • ‘Some of the latter do their best to look like an old-fashioned range only to fail the knuckle-tap test we use to determine the solidity of the construction.’
    • ‘These are only two of the hundreds of examples of secrecy in what is now seen as a very old-fashioned style of government.’
    • ‘While there's no cure for the common cold, old-fashioned foods can at least give you some comfort.’
    • ‘Noyce's film has a conventional, even old-fashioned feel to it.’
    • ‘The mansion's interior was as beautifully decorated as the outside - a fusion of modern technology and old-fashioned artefacts.’
    • ‘She picked the right door on the first try, and went into a large, old-fashioned kitchen, so clean the shine from it almost hurt her eyes.’
    • ‘Good old-fashioned police work and some of the most sophisticated modern detection techniques are being combined in the hunt for the criminal.’
    • ‘The walls were hung with utensils for field and kitchen, and the shelves were stocked with old-fashioned hand tools and cooking gimcracks.’
    1. 1.1 Favouring traditional or conservative ideas or customs.
      ‘she's stuffy and old-fashioned’
      • ‘Yet, despite the electronic attachments, there is something old-fashioned and traditional about him.’
      • ‘Where we came from the people were pretty old-fashioned.’
      • ‘Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but surely good manners and thoughtfulness should play a part here?’
      • ‘Some might regard such an old-fashioned view as misguided nostalgia.’
      • ‘It was by no means a deal-breaker, obviously, but I guess I am a bit old-fashioned.’
      • ‘Many newspaper editors and owners still cling to the old-fashioned idea that they know better than you how you should vote.’
      • ‘I'm a bit old-fashioned in that I prefer company names that actually reflect what the companies do.’
      • ‘Part of this comes from her old-fashioned view that one does not complain about such annoyances.’
      • ‘So he was probably regarded as a little bit eccentric and odd, and a bit old-fashioned to begin with.’
      • ‘Call me old-fashioned and traditional, but a comprehensible story is still appreciated.’
      • ‘He was a good man, just old-fashioned, a man from another time.’
      • ‘Are people being raised in barns now, or am I too old-fashioned for the current era?’
      • ‘Perhaps the transition has been just that bit too quick for those of us who remembered things the old way or is it that I'm plain old-fashioned?’
      • ‘I am a bit old-fashioned, but there is a little piece of advice I give to the Minister: do it once; do it right.’
      • ‘Surely the more old-fashioned idea of locally-reared meat being slaughtered at a local abattoir a short distance away makes perfect sense.’
      • ‘He's a bit old-fashioned, in some respect, regarding the role of women in society.’
      • ‘In my own opinion, I suppose I still see our society as possessing very old-fashioned views about men and women.’
      • ‘People may call me conservative, old-fashioned, or whatever they like, but I do not care.’
      • ‘It may be an old-fashioned idea, but life is meaningless unless it is shared.’
      • ‘We both shared old-fashioned views and stuck doggedly to them at all times.’
      out of date, outdated, dated, out, out of fashion, outmoded, unfashionable, last year's, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outworn, old, old-time, old-world, behind the times, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, defunct
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    2. 1.2 (of a facial expression) disapproving.
      ‘Jonas gave her an old-fashioned look’


North American
  • A cocktail consisting chiefly of whisky, bitters, water, and sugar.