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old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded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out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, archaic, obsolete, defunct, extinct, antiquated, antediluvian, superannuated, hoary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

    wife, spouse, bride

    informal

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

    British informal

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

    North American informal

    mama, mamma

    dated

    lady, memsahib

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


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    mother

    Indian

    amma

    informal

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

    North American informal

    mom, mommy

    dated

    mama, mamma, mater

    4‘he's such an old woman’


    SYNONYMS

    worrier, perfectionist, stickler, grumbler

    informal

    fusspot

    North American informal

    fussbudget

    old man


    SYNONYMS

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

    patriarch

    Scottish, Irish

    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
    informal

    husband, man

    informal

    hubby, better half

    British informal

    other half

    humorous

    lord and master

    archaic

    lord

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


    SYNONYMS
    informal

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

    informal

    head honcho

    British informal

    gaffer, guv'nor

    North American informal

    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