Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
*:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
#Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.
#Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.
Of an item that has been used and so is not new (unused).
Having existed or lived for the specified time.
(lb) Of an earlier time.
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#*1994 , Michael Grumley, Life Drawing
#*:But over my old life, a new life had formed.
#That is no longer in existence.
Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. (Mostly in idioms like good old, big old and little old, any old and some old.)
(lb) Excessive, abundant.
*1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) , :
*:URSULA: Madam, you must come to your uncle. Yonder's old coil at home: it is proved, my Lady Hero hath been falsely accused, the prince and Claudio mightily abused;
* (having existed for a long period of time) ancient, long in the tooth
* (having lived for many years) aged, ageing / aging, elderly, long in the tooth, on in years
* (having existed or lived for the specified time) aged, of age
* (former) erstwhile, ex-, former, one-time, past
* (out-of-date) antiquated, obsolete (words)
* See also
* (having existed for a long period of time) brand new, fresh, new
* (having lived for many years) young
* (former) current, latest, new
* any old
* big old
* good old
* little old
* old age
* Old Akkadian
* Old Armenian
* Old Assyrian
* old as the hills
* Old Babylonian
* Old Blighty
* Old Bulgarian
* Old Church Slavic
* Old Church Slavonic
* old college try
* old country
* Old Czech
* Old Dutch
* Old Egyptian
* Old English
* old fart
* old flame
* Old Flemish
* old fogey
* old franc
* Old Franconian
* Old Frankish
* Old French
* Old Frisian
* Old Glory
* old gold
* old growth
* old guard
* old hand
* old hat
* Old High German
* Old Icelandic
* Old Indic
* Old Indo-Aryan
* Old Ionic
* Old Iranian
* Old Irish
* old lace
* old lady
* Old Latin
* Old Low Franconian
* Old Low Frankish
* Old Low German
* old maid
* old man
* old money
* Old Nick
* Old Norse
* Old North French
* Old Norwegian
* old penny
* Old Persian
* Old Prussian
* old regime
* Old Russian
* old salt
* old saw
* Old Saxon
* Old Scandinavian
* old school
* Old Slavic
* Old Slavonic
* old sweat
* Old Testament
* Old Welsh
* old woman
* Old World
* same old same old
* same old story
* some old
* you can't put an old head on young shoulders
(usually used as plural
People who are old; old beings; the older generation; usually used with the .
- A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.
Not normal; odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary.
- He thought it strange that his girlfriend wore shorts in the winter.
Unfamiliar, not yet part of one's experience.
- Sated at length, erelong I might perceive / Strange alteration in me.
- I moved to a strange town when I was ten.
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, pages 48–49:
- Here is the hand and seal of the duke; you know the character, I doubt not; and the signet is not strange to you.
(physics) Having the quantum mechanical property of strangeness.
* 2004 Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford, page 93:
- She's probably sitting there hoping a couple of strange detectives will drop in.
(obsolete) Belonging to another country; foreign.
- A strange quark is electrically charged, carrying an amount -1/3, as does the down quark.
- one of the strange queen's lords
(obsolete) Reserved; distant in deportment.
- I do not contemn the knowledge of strange and divers tongues.
- She may be strange and shy at first, but will soon learn to love thee.
(obsolete) Backward; slow.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
(obsolete) Not familiar; unaccustomed; inexperienced.
- Who, loving the effect, would not be strange / In favouring the cause.
- In thy fortunes am unlearned and strange .
* (not normal
) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, peculiar, queer, singular, unwonted, weird
, not part of one's experience
): new, unfamiliar, unknown
* See also
* for some strange reason
* like a cat in a strange garret
* strange as it may seem
* strange bird
* strange matter
* strange quark
* stranger things happen at sea, stranger things have happened at sea
* strange to say
* truth is stranger than fiction
(obsolete) To alienate; to estrange.
(obsolete) To be estranged or alienated.
(obsolete) To wonder; to be astonished.
(slang, uncountable) vagina