1. Not young; advanced far in years or life; having lived till toward the end of the ordinary term of living; as, an old man; an old age; an old horse; an old tree. Let not old age disgrace my high desire. (Sir P. Sidney) The melancholy news that we grow old. (young)
4. Continued in life; advanced in the course of existence; having (a certain) length of existence; designating the age of a person or thing; as, an infant a few hours old; a cathedral centuries old. And pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou? (Cen. Xlvii. 8)
7. Worn out; weakened or exhausted by use; past usefulness; as, old shoes; old clothes.
10. Old-fashioned; wonted; customary; as of old; as, the good old times; hence, colloquially, gay; jolly.
11. Used colloquially as a term of cordiality and familiarity. Go thy ways, old lad. old age, advanced years; the latter period of life. Old bachelor. See Bachelor. Old Catholics. See Catholic. Old english. See english. Old nick, old scratch, the devil.
(Science: botany) see the note under style. Old testament. See testament. Old wife. [In the senses b and cwritten also oldwife] A prating old woman; a gossip. Refuse profane and old wives' fables. (1 Tim. Iv.
Origin: oe. Old, ald, AS. Ald, eald; akin to D. Oud, os. Ald, OFries. Ald, old, g. Alt, goth. Alpeis, and also to goth. Alan to grow up, Icel. Ala to bear, produce, bring up, L. Alere to nourish. Cf. Adult, Alderman, aliment, Auld, elder.