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old-fashioned, out of date, outmoded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out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded, archaic, obsolete, defunct, extinct, antiquated, antediluvian, superannuated, hoary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 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
    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
    mother
    Indian amma
    informal ma, mammy, old dear, old lady
    British informal mum, mummy, mam, mumsy
    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, old codger, old boy, old geezer, wrinkly, gaffer
    British informal old bloke, old chap, 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
    informal hubby, better half
    British informal 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
    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

    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