1 elderly, ageing, aged, advanced in years or age, long-lived, past one's prime, grey, full of years, getting on (in years), hoary, superannuated, Colloq over the hill, past it:
Bill is too old to continue working in the mine.
2 ancient, antiquated, antediluvian, fossil, prehistoric, Noachian, obsolete, antique, outdated, out of date, old-time, dated, archaic, stale, out-moded, passé, Literary Ogygian:
The archaeological dig has turned up some interesting old artefacts.
3 time-worn, decayed, dilapidated, ramshackle, disintegrated, crumbling, shabby, worn out, dusty, broken-down, tumbledown, disused, unused, cast off, cast aside:
They have torn down the old mill near the river.
4 long-standing, well-established, enduring, lasting, age-old, time-honoured:
It is hard to see an old friendship die.
5 former, olden, bygone, early, primordial, primitive:
In the old days, it took a week to travel from London to Edinburgh.
6 previous, preceding, prior, former, quondam, erstwhile, one-time, ex-:
The West End was my old stamping-ground when I lived in London.
7 experienced, veteran, practised, (well-)versed, knowledgeable, proficient, accomplished, adept, skilled, expert, old-time:
Charles is an old hand at steam engines.
8 dear, beloved, loved, esteemed, valued, precious, well-known, intimate, close, familiar:
Penelope is an old friend of the family's.
be, feel, look, seem
You are as old as you feel.
He's old enough by now to manage his own affairs.
six months, ten years, etc. old
2 not young
be, feel, look, seem, sound
The way the young people rushed about made her feel old. He was beginning to look old.
| become, get, grow
We're all getting older. As they grow older, they develop new interests.
extremely, terribly, very | fairly, quite
She was quite old when she got married.
3 not new
extremely, really, terribly, very
It's a very old tradition.
| fairly, quite
These are some of the oldest known fossil remains.
| oldest remaining
It's one of the oldest remaining parts of the church.
| oldest surviving
It's the world's oldest surviving ship.
4 shows affection/lack of respect
boring old history books She's a silly old cow!
| dear/good old
Good old Dad!
| funny old
It's a funny old world.
| poor old
You poor old thing!
| same old
always the same old faces
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