Definition of old man in English:

old man


  • 1An elderly male person.

    • ‘A health visitor sometimes visits, but in an emergency both these old men would be in trouble out here.’
    • ‘That has to be protected, and apart from young men like Mr Hoffman and old men like myself, it is not being cherished.’
    • ‘He and I grew up together and sang together from little boys to old men.’
    • ‘Just before midnight he started to play his guitar and the two old men who had sat in the rain with their ouzo bottle got up and started to dance.’
    • ‘And up and down the street, the passers-by and the old men coming back from the mosque joined in.’
    • ‘It attracts an array of people, from students, to old men, to astonished Japanese tourists.’
    • ‘It won't matter how young or old you are, our secret police enforcers are especially good at roughing up frail old men.’
    • ‘Regulars, passers-by and lonely old men all cross the threshold in search of a cappuccino and a bit of a chat.’
    • ‘A wide green landscape, dotted with the gnarly figures of cork oaks like thousands of bent old men.’
    • ‘We weren't in some grand chamber filled with old men in gowns and wigs, but in a little room with an awning tacked on to the side.’
    • ‘Apart from wealthy old men and executives it's not much of a hedonist indulgence but a matter of actual need.’
    • ‘He seemed to know of the book, but it's difficult to tell with old men, especially old men who don't get much company.’
    • ‘The Government are banking on us all being old men who are too tired to keep up the fight, so we have to show them that they are wrong.’
    • ‘In the park outside, an old olive grove, people dozed or picnicked under the trees, and a group of old men played boules.’
    • ‘Three old men were listening intently to the BBC World Service news in Pashto.’
    • ‘The place was rammed full of partying people and drunken old men staggering up rocky castle path walkways.’
    • ‘Now, they're just staid old men and women in freshly pressed casual suits and middle management voices.’
    • ‘One man told me four other old men in his village had already died.’
    • ‘By the afternoon it has begun to hold its public: huddles of old men, children chasing pigeons.’
    • ‘From one of these old men, whose name is not mentioned here, I received the sense of having been in the presence of evil.’
    senior citizen, pensioner, oap, elder, elderly man, grandfather
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    1. 1.1one's old maninformal A person's father or a woman's husband or boyfriend.
      ‘when her old man left she moved in with Drummond’
      • ‘Never mind what your old man said: your instinct to report theft was right.’
      • ‘Its great to drink with your old man on fathers day’
      • ‘So, your old man's a fraud’
      • ‘He stalked out of the car, thinking how typical it was that his old man would keep his hundred-year-old car in pristine condition and then forget to gas it up.’
      • ‘Your old man's gonna break your back!’
      • ‘Give your old man a kiss’
      • ‘Everyone has rumors about how your old man beats you.’
      • ‘And my wife's old man promptly died in the office.’
      husband, man
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    2. 1.2the old maninformal A man in authority over others, especially an employer or commanding officer.
      ‘the old man wants a progress report’
      • ‘Dressed, we walked down to the office where the old man was already pouring a drink.’
      • ‘In 1991, when the old man ran for president, MH wholeheartedly supported him.’
      • ‘And not to forget that as long as the old man is still the President of Swapo, all of us are actually financing the activities of Swapo.’
      • ‘At times the old man appears to be controlling the situation.’
      • ‘Willie takes over the business but admits the old man as silent partner, as the two younger daughters become free to marry.’
      captain, owner, boss, employer, foreman, manager, overseer, superintendent, director, controller, head, headman, principal
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    3. 1.3British informal An affectionate form of address between men or boys.
      ‘are you all right, old man?’
      • ‘Is that supposed to make me feel better, old man?’
      • ‘When asked by a policeman why he did it he replied, ‘sheer high spirits, old man.’’
      • ‘Between you and me, old man, I'm glad they got me before it went any further.’
      • ‘Life without my scintillating personality just wasn't the same, was it, old man?’
      • ‘I will be back, old man, and when Francis finds out about this, he'll be with me.’
      • ‘George smiled and leaned into him and whispered, ‘Tell someone who cares, old man.’’
      • ‘Well, they are your patrons, old man, so they do have some right to demand work from you.’
      • ‘You're fast with them old hands, but you should've stayed in those mountains, old man.’
    4. 1.4informal Used with a surname instead of Mr.
      ‘old man Roberts’
      • ‘The courtesans gathered, musicians played, and a feast like none had before witnessed was prepared to welcome back the Prince and to celebrate old man Clemantini.’
  • 2

    another term for southernwood
    • ‘There's a good cover of eucalyptus gum trees, lots of old man salt bush and we have a thirty mile frontage onto the Barwon River.’


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