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old man

noun, Informal.
1.
a father, usually one's own:
His old man's letting him have the car for the prom.
2.
a husband:
The office is giving my old man a retirement party.
3.
a boyfriend or male lover, especially a male lover with whom one cohabits.
4.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a person in a position of authority, especially an employer or a commanding officer:
The Old Man has ordered an inspection for Saturday morning.
5.
(used affectionately in addressing a man).
6.
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  • For one reason, he was an old man, and the pace set by the lovers was killing.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • So the old man and the young man made the round of the Bines properties.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She has deposited the old man in that easy-chair for a doze, I fancy.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The old man completed this anecdote in tones that were slightly inflamed.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Think of others as well as yourself," replied the old man in a rage.

British Dictionary definitions for old man

old man

noun
1.
an informal term for father, husband (sense 1)
2.
(sometimes capitals) (informal) a man in command, such as an employer, foreman, or captain of a ship
3.
(sometimes facetious) an affectionate term used in addressing a man
4.
another name for southernwood
5.
(Austral, informal)
  1. an adult male kangaroo
  2. (as modifier) very large
6.
(Christianity) the unregenerate aspect of human nature
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Slang definitions & phrases for old man

old man

noun phrase

  1. One's husband; a husband: She can't bear to see her old man lose his money (1895+)
  2. A boyfriend or lover: Her old man was a bass guitar player in a rock group (1950s+)
  3. One's father; a father: My old man wasn't mean (1768+)
  4. A man who supports a mistress; john, sugar daddy: ''Old Man,'' the name we used to have for a common-law husband/ She has an ''old man'' who ''keeps'' her (1935+)
  5. A pimp (Prostitutes)
  6. Old friend (1870+)

Related Terms

dirty old man, so's your old man

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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