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3 letters words from 'old'

OLD 4 

2 letters words from 'old'

DO 3LO 2
OD 3 

All 3 letters words made out of old

old lod odl dol ldo dlo

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Definitions and meaning of old


Alternative forms

  • ol', ol, ole
  • olde (archaic)


From Middle English old, ald, from Old English ald, eald (old, aged, ancient, antique, primeval), from Proto-Germanic *aldaz (grown-up), originally a participle form, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eltós (grown, tall, big). Cognate with Scots auld (old), North Frisian ool, ual, uul (old), Saterland Frisian oold (old), West Frisian âld (old), Dutch oud (old), Low German old (old), German alt (old), Swedish äldre (older, elder), Icelandic eldri (older, elder), Latin altus (high, tall, grown big, lofty). Related to eld.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊld/, /ˈɔʊld/, /ˈɒʊld/
  • (US) enPR: ōld, IPA(key): /ˈoʊld/
  • Rhymes: -əʊld


old (comparative older or elder, superlative (US, dialectal) oldermost or oldest or eldest)

  1. Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
    1. Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.
    2. Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.
  2. Having been used and thus no longer new or unused.
  3. Having existed or lived for the specified time.
  4. (heading) Of an earlier time.
    1. Former, previous.
      • 1994, Michael Grumley, Life Drawing
        But over my old life, a new life had formed.
    2. That is no longer in existence.
    3. Obsolete; out-of-date.
    4. Familiar.
      • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 37:
        Adrian thought it worth while to try out his new slang. ‘I say, you fellows, here's a rum go. Old Biffo was jolly odd this morning. He gave me a lot of pi-jaw about slacking and then invited me to tea. No rotting! He did really.’
    5. (Britain) Being a graduate or alumnus of a school, especially a public school.
  5. Tiresome after prolonged repetition.
  6. Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
  7. 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.)
  8. (obsolete) Excessive, abundant.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 5 Scene 2:
      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; see also Thesaurus:old
  • (having lived for many years): aged, ageing / aging, elderly, long in the tooth, on in years; see also Thesaurus:elderly
  • (having existed or lived for the specified time): aged, of age
  • (former): erstwhile, ex-, former, one-time, past; see also Thesaurus:former
  • (out-of-date): antiquated, obsolete (of words), outdated; see also Thesaurus:obsolete


  • (having existed for a long period of time): brand new, fresh, new
  • (having lived for many years): young
  • (former): current, latest, new

Derived terms



old (plural olds)

  1. (with the, invariable plural only) People who are old; old beings; the older generation, taken as a group.
    A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.
  2. (slang) A person older than oneself, especially an adult in relation to a teenager.
  3. (slang, most often plural) One's parents.
    I had to sneak out to meet my girlfriend and tell the olds I was going to the library.


  • DLO, DOL, Dol, LDO, LOD, Lo'd, LoD, Lod, dol, lod



  • IPA(key): /ɔlˀ/, [ˈʌlˀ]

Etymology 1

From Old Norse ǫld, from Proto-Germanic *aldiz, cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌳𐍃 (alds).


old c (singular definite olden, not used in plural form)

  1. (archaic) period, age, generation
    • 1813, N.F.S. Grundtvig, Kristjan den sjette, in: Poetiske Skrifter, vol. 3, p. 306
    • 1805, Adam Oehleschläger, Isefjorden / https://kalliope.org/da/text/oehlenschlaeger2019020350
  2. (archaic, rare) antiquity
    • 1891, Holger Drachmann, Vildt og tæmmet, 299
Derived terms


  • “Old,1” in Ordbog over det danske Sprog

Etymology 2

Clipping of oldtidskundskab.


old c (uninflected)

  1. Classical Civilization (a course in secondary school)
    Synonym: oldtidskundskab
Derived terms
  • oldlærer


  • “old” in Den Danske Ordbog

German Low German

Alternative forms

  • oold, ol, olt


From Middle Low German ôlt. The A became an O through the effect of the velarised L in the same manner as in Dutch oud.

Cognate with English old, Dutch oud, German alt, West Frisian âld.


  • IPA(key): /ɔːɫt/


old (comparative öller, superlative öllst)

  1. old



  • German: oll



From Proto-Uralic *aŋa- (to loosen, open (up), untie) + -d (frequentative suffix).


  • IPA(key): [ˈold]
  • Homophone: oldd
  • Rhymes: -old



  1. (transitive) to solve
  2. (transitive) to untie


Derived terms

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Further reading

  • old in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Middle Low German



  1. Alternative spelling of ôlt.

Source: wiktionary.org
  • a person of a specified age.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)