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Usage statistics for the adjective old:

spoken English48.01%written English51.99% conversational speech59.63%task-oriented speech40.37% imaginative writing63.35%informational writing36.65%
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Old is sometimes a misspelling of opened.

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Definition of the adjective old

What does old mean as an attribute of a noun?

Old is the 3rd most common adjective in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees:

  • old: older / elder (less preferred form) | oldest / eldest (less preferred form)
  • Old: -

  1. (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
  2. of long duration; not new
  3. (used for emphasis) very familiar
    • examples: good old boy | same old story
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: familiar
  4. skilled through long experience
  5. belonging to some prior time
  6. very good
  7. of a very early stage in development
    • examples: Old English is also called Anglo Saxon | Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century
    • domain: linguistics
    • similar: early
  8. just preceding something else in time or order

Alternative definition of the adjective old

adjective

  1. Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
  2. Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.
  3. Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life
  4. Of an item that has been used and so is not new [gloss, unused].
  5. Having existed or lived for the specified time.
  6. Former, previous.
  7. That is no longer in existence
  8. Obsolete; out-of-date.
  9. See Familiar.
  10. See Tiresome.
  11. Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
  12. A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive.

Definition of the noun old

What does old mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: olds

  1. past times (especially in the phrase `in days of old')
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: past / past times / yesteryear = the time that has elapsed

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Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

Old Testament Verb: (bô), GK 995 (S935), 2592x. bô is the fourth most common verb in the OT. It denotes motion toward a specific goal, such as “to go, arrive, enter a house, come.” It expresses a variety of motions. This verb can also be used ...

Google previewTheological Dictionary of the Old Testament (1977)

by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, Heinz-Josef Fabry

Although the month niqmu is attested in the Old ...

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Usage statistics about old

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective old:

spoken English48.01%written English51.99% conversational speech59.63%task-oriented speech40.37% imaginative writing63.35%informational writing36.65%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective old:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the adjective old and its most common antonyms:

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Scrabble value of O1L1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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