Definition of old man in English:

old man


  • 1An elderly male person.

    • ‘The place was rammed full of partying people and drunken old men staggering up rocky castle path walkways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three old men were listening intently to the BBC World Service news in Pashto.’
    • ‘A wide green landscape, dotted with the gnarly figures of cork oaks like thousands of bent old men.’
    • ‘It attracts an array of people, from students, to old men, to astonished Japanese tourists.’
    • ‘Now, they're just staid old men and women in freshly pressed casual suits and middle management voices.’
    • ‘And up and down the street, the passers-by and the old men coming back from the mosque joined in.’
    • ‘He and I grew up together and sang together from little boys to old men.’
    • ‘It won't matter how young or old you are, our secret police enforcers are especially good at roughing up frail old men.’
    • ‘Apart from wealthy old men and executives it's not much of a hedonist indulgence but a matter of actual need.’
    • ‘From one of these old men, whose name is not mentioned here, I received the sense of having been in the presence of evil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That has to be protected, and apart from young men like Mr Hoffman and old men like myself, it is not being cherished.’
    • ‘By the afternoon it has begun to hold its public: huddles of old men, children chasing pigeons.’
    • ‘Regulars, passers-by and lonely old men all cross the threshold in search of a cappuccino and a bit of a chat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A health visitor sometimes visits, but in an emergency both these old men would be in trouble out here.’
    • ‘One man told me four other old men in his village had already died.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Everyone has rumors about how your old man beats you.’
      • ‘Give your old man a kiss’
      • ‘And my wife's old man promptly died in the office.’
      • ‘Your old man's gonna break your back!’
      • ‘Never mind what your old man said: your instinct to report theft was right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, your old man's a fraud’
      • ‘Its great to drink with your old man on fathers day’
      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.’
      • ‘Willie takes over the business but admits the old man as silent partner, as the two younger daughters become free to marry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1991, when the old man ran for president, MH wholeheartedly supported him.’
      • ‘At times the old man appears to be controlling the situation.’
      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?’
      • ‘You're fast with them old hands, but you should've stayed in those mountains, old man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is that supposed to make me feel better, old man?’
      • ‘Between you and me, old man, I'm glad they got me before it went any further.’
      • ‘I will be back, old man, and when Francis finds out about this, he'll be with me.’
      • ‘When asked by a policeman why he did it he replied, ‘sheer high spirits, old man.’’
      • ‘Life without my scintillating personality just wasn't the same, was it, 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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