One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Too old. Also (now archaic): very old, antiquated.
Old English; earliest use found in Rule of St. Benet. Cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch overout (Dutch overoud), Old Saxon oƀarald (Middle Low German överōlt), Old High German ubaralt (Middle High German überalt, German überalt, now rare) from the Germanic base of over- + the Germanic base of old.
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