Definition of elderly in English:



  • 1(of a person) old or aging.

    ‘she was elderly and silver-haired’
    ‘teams of volunteers to carry out home repairs for the elderly’
    • ‘The article states that there are plans to cut travel passes for elderly people.’
    • ‘Two historic almshouses have been put up for sale as they are no longer suitable for elderly people.’
    • ‘If you have an elderly neighbour or relative, look out for them in the winter months.’
    • ‘The scheme is aimed at getting elderly people out of their homes and into a social environment.’
    • ‘The dogs were bred as guide dogs for elderly people who suffered from allergies.’
    • ‘To abandon elderly people for weeks on end in a hospital bed they no longer need strips them of dignity.’
    • ‘It was being driven by an elderly lady with grey hair and had a female passenger with long, dark hair.’
    • ‘It was used on Saturday and Monday and the card users were described as three elderly people.’
    • ‘Looking at this situation there is a real risk to elderly people and their welfare must be a priority.’
    • ‘One urgent aspect the committee needs to look at is access for disabled and elderly people.’
    • ‘Quite frankly, it disgusts me and I do not feel enough is done for elderly people.’
    • ‘Bogus callers are using a new scam to trick their way into the homes of elderly people in Chelmsford.’
    • ‘This could lead to more elderly people being forced to stay in emergency beds, with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘It would exclude blood relatives such as an elderly brother and sister living together.’
    • ‘It also has a night centre where elderly people with dementia can be cared for.’
    • ‘In addition, an increased number of elderly people would like to remain in their own homes.’
    • ‘Police are hunting for a gang of burglars who are targeting elderly people in west Wiltshire.’
    • ‘Police are now warning other elderly people in Blackley to be on their guard against the crooks.’
    • ‘Running post offices for the benefit of elderly people is not cost effective, so go they must.’
    • ‘The surrounding houses and flats are occupied by elderly people and young families.’
    aged, old, mature, older, senior, ancient, venerable
    advanced in years, getting on, ageing
    in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills
    grey, grey-haired, grey-bearded, grizzled, hoary
    past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be
    decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, senile, superannuated
    septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian
    past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
    old people, older people, elderly people, elders, geriatrics, senior citizens, oaps, retired people
    seniors, retirees, golden agers
    oldsters, woopies
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    1. 1.1 (of a machine or similar object) showing signs of age.
      ‘a couple of elderly cars’
      • ‘It ran perfectly and I had pictured some happy teenage boy with my elderly car having fun and the charity getting close to $700 for it.’
      • ‘Rain, when driving talent is at a premium, has been a great leveller for the young driver in his elderly car.’
      • ‘` Hang on, ' said Kevin, switching on the rather elderly computer in the little study area under the stairs.’
      • ‘Spilled paint of many colors had ran down the rear bumper of the elderly truck.’
      • ‘The elderly machine has a special place in his heart as it was what he learned to code on.’