oldish

oldish

[ohl-dish]
adjective
somewhat old: an oldish man.

Origin:
1660–70; old + -ish1

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old (əʊld)
 
adj (often preceded by good)
1.  having lived or existed for a relatively long time: an old man; an old tradition; old wine; an old house; an old country
2.  a.  of or relating to advanced years or a long life: old age
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the old
 c.  old and young people of all ages
3.  decrepit or senile
4.  worn with age or use: old clothes; an old car
5.  a.  (postpositive) having lived or existed for a specified period: a child who is six years old
 b.  (in combination): a six-year-old child
 c.  (as noun in combination): a six-year-old
6.  (capital when part of a name or title) earlier or earliest of two or more things with the same name: the old edition; the Old Testament; old Norwich
7.  (capital when part of a name) designating the form of a language in which the earliest known records are written: Old English
8.  (prenominal) familiar through long acquaintance or repetition: an old friend; an old excuse
9.  practised; hardened: old in cunning
10.  cherished; dear: used as a term of affection or familiarity: good old George
11.  informal ( with any of several nouns ) used as a familiar form of address to a person: old thing; old bean; old stick; old fellow
12.  skilled through long experience (esp in the phrase an old hand)
13.  out-of-date; unfashionable
14.  remote or distant in origin or time of origin: an old culture
15.  (prenominal) former; previous: my old house was small
16.  a.  (prenominal) established for a relatively long time: an old member
 b.  (in combination): old-established
17.  sensible, wise, or mature: old beyond one's years
18.  youthful See also mature (of a river, valley, or land surface) in the final stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by flat extensive flood plains and minimum relief
19.  (intensifier) (esp in phrases such as a good old time, any old thing, any old how, etc)
20.  (of crops) harvested late
21.  good old days an earlier period of time regarded as better than the present
22.  informal little old indicating affection, esp humorous affection: my little old wife
23.  informal the old one, the old gentleman a jocular name for Satan
 
n
24.  an earlier or past time (esp in the phrase of old): in days of old
 
[Old English eald; related to Old Saxon ald, Old High German, German alt, Latin altus high]
 
usage  Many people nowadays prefer to talk about older people rather than old people, and the phrase the old is best avoided altogether
 
'oldish
 
adj
 
'oldness
 
n

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