Synonyms of old in English:

old


See definition of old

adjective

1‘old people’

SYNONYMS

elderly, mature, aged, older, senior, advanced in years, up in years, getting on

in one's dotage, long in the tooth, grey, grey-haired, grey-bearded, grizzled, hoary

past one's prime, not as young as one was, ancient, decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world, ripe, senescent, senile, superannuated, venerable, septuagenarian, octogenarian, nonagenarian, centenarian

informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken

rare longevous

ANTONYMS

young

2‘old farm buildings’

SYNONYMS

historic, antiquated

dilapidated, broken-down, run down, tumbledown, ramshackle, decaying, crumbling, disintegrating

ANTONYMS

new, modern

3‘old clothes’

SYNONYMS

worn, worn out, shabby, threadbare, holey, torn, frayed, patched, tattered, moth-eaten, ragged, yellowed

old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded

cast-off, hand-me-down

démodé

informal tatty

ANTONYMS

new, fashionable

4‘old cars’

SYNONYMS

antique, veteran, vintage

ANTONYMS

new, modern

5‘she is old for her years’

SYNONYMS

mature, wise, sensible, experienced, worldly-wise, knowledgeable, well versed, familiar, practised, skilled, skilful, adept, expert, veteran

ANTONYMS

young, ingenuous, inexperienced

6‘in the old days’

SYNONYMS

bygone, past, former, olden, of old, remote, previous, early, earlier, earliest

medieval, ancient, classical, primeval, primordial, prehistoric, antediluvian, forgotten, immemorial

ANTONYMS

modern, recent

7‘political worthies spew out the same old phrases’

SYNONYMS

hackneyed, hack, banal, trite, overused, overworked, cut and dried, tired, worn out, time-worn, stale, stereotyped, clichéd, platitudinous, unoriginal, derivative, unimaginative, commonplace, common, pedestrian, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, stock, conventional

out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, archaic, obsolete, defunct, extinct, antiquated, antediluvian, superannuated, hoary

passé

informal old hat, out of the ark, corny, fuddy-duddy, played out, hacky

ANTONYMS

fresh, innovative, new

8‘I love the good old tunes’

SYNONYMS

time-honoured, old-time, long-established, age-old, long-standing, long-lived, enduring, lasting

familiar, customary, conventional, established, ritual, ritualistic, habitual, set, fixed, routine, usual, wonted, historic, folk, old-world, ancestral

9‘an old girlfriend’

SYNONYMS

former, previous, ex-, one-time, sometime, erstwhile, once, then, lapsed

formal quondam

ANTONYMS

new


Phrases

    old age

      SYNONYMS

      declining years, advanced years, elderliness, age, agedness, oldness, autumn of one's life, winter of one's life, senescence, senility, dotage

      ANTONYMS

      youth, childhood

    old man

      SYNONYMS

      senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elder, elderly man, grandfather

      patriarch

      Irish Scottish

      bodach

      informal

      greybeard, gaffer, old codger, old boy, old chap, old geezer, old bloke, wrinkly

      British informal

      buffer, josser

      North American informal

      old coot

      archaic

      grandsire, ancient

      literary

      senex

      ANTONYMS

      youth, boy, young man

      2‘her old man was away fighting’

      SYNONYMS

      husband, man

      hubby, better half

      British

      other half

      humorous

      lord and master

      archaic

      lord

      3‘the old man's still on the bridge’

      SYNONYMS

      captain, owner, boss, employer, foreman, manager, overseer, superintendent, director, controller, head, headman, principal

      head honcho

      British

      gaffer, guv'nor

      North American

      sachem

    old person

      SYNONYMS

      senior citizen, senior, pensioner, old-age pensioner, OAP, elder, old fogey, dotard, Methuselah

      North American

      golden ager

      informal

      old stager, old-timer, oldie, wrinkly, crock, crumbly

      North American informal

      oldster, woopie

      offensive

      geriatric

      ANTONYMS

      youngster

    old woman

      SYNONYMS

      senior citizen, pensioner, OAP, elderly woman, crone

      babushka

      informal

      old dear

      archaic

      beldam, grandam, gammer, mother

      ANTONYMS

      girl, young woman

      2‘his old woman threw him out’

      SYNONYMS

      wife, spouse, bride

      old lady, wifey, better half, missus, the little woman

      British

      other half, her indoors, dutch, old dutch, trouble and strife

      North American

      mama, mamma

      dated

      lady, memsahib

      3‘my old woman took me to all sorts of doctors when I was a kid’

      SYNONYMS

      mother

      Indian

      amma

      mum, mummy, ma, mam, mammy, mumsy, old dear, old lady

      North American

      mom, mommy

      dated

      mama, mamma, mater

      4‘he's such an old woman’

      SYNONYMS

      worrier, perfectionist, stickler, grumbler

      informal

      fusspot

      North American informal

      fussbudget