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Old (of people) - thesaurus

Synonyms

ancient

adjective

very old

the elderly

adjective

an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people

the old

adjective

someone or something that is old has lived a long time

Senior

adjective

older

the elder

adjective

older than someone, especially someone in your family

aged

adjective

very old

geriatric

adjective

relating to old age, or to the process of getting older

venerable

adjective

very old and wise or respected

gnarled

adjective

old and twisted and covered in lines

wizened

adjective

old and with a lot of wrinkles (=lines) on the skin

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advanced in years

used for saying that someone is old

ageing

adjective

an ageing person is becoming old

age-old

adjective

very old

aging

the American spelling of ageing

antiquity

noun

formal the state of being extremely old

(as) old as the hills

extremely old

august

adjective

formal old, serious, and respected

be no spring chicken

to be rather old

decrepit

adjective

old and no longer in good health

gaga

adjective

informal no longer able to think clearly because you are getting very old

geriatric

adjective

informal old. People usually use this word in a humorous way but some people consider it to be offensive.

getting on

fairly old

grand old

old, well known, and usually popular

grey

adjective

used for describing issues that affect old people

grizzled

adjective

a grizzled person has grey hair and looks old

hoary

adjective

literary a hoary person is old and has white hair

in your dotage

humorous in the period of time when you are old

long in the tooth

rather old

mangy

adjective

informal old and dirty

museum piece

noun

humorous someone or something that is considered to be very old-fashioned, especially a machine or a piece of equipment

of old

used for describing people and things from long ago in the past

oldie

noun

informal someone or something that is old, especially a song or film

oldish

adjective

neither very old, nor very young or new

over-age

adjective

informal too old for something

over the hill

no longer young and therefore unable to do things that you could do in the past

past it

no longer able to do what you used to do because you are too old

superannuated

adjective

often humorous old and no longer working or useful

throwback

noun

someone or something that seems to belong to an earlier period of time or that makes you think of an earlier period of time

venerable

adjective

humorous very old

withered

adjective

a withered person looks old, thin, and weak, and has a lot of wrinkles on their skin

worn

adjective

looking tired and old

worn out

adjective

too old or damaged to use any longer

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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