old man


Definition of old man 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : husband

b : father

2 capitalized : one in authority especially : commanding officer

3 : boyfriend especially : one with whom a woman cohabits


geographical name
Old·​man | \ˈōld-mən \

Definition of Oldman (Entry 2 of 2)

river in southern Alberta, Canada, that rises in the Rocky Mountains near the border with British Columbia and flows 200 miles (320 kilometers) east to unite with the Bow River, forming the South Saskatchewan River

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Synonyms for old man

Synonyms: Noun

beau, boy, boyfriend, fellow, man, swain

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Examples of old man in a Sentence


I've been with my old man for 12 years now. I used to work with your old man.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The knee-jerk public reaction from Warriors’ lovers and haters is clear: The team just became unbeatable, with a starting lineup featuring five All-Stars in their primes (Stephen Curry, 30, is the old man). Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "With ‘Boogie,’ Warriors shoot into ‘death zone’," 9 July 2018 The same goes for Drew and his pals, who are very much stereotypical old men in a movie (possessed of sage wisdom, crotchety, prone to doing ridiculous things, etc.) but also not perfect. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Uncle Drew looks to be a summer sleeper hit," 3 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary made World Cup history Monday, becoming the oldest man ever to play in soccer’s biggest tournament. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Egypt's Essam El-Hadary becomes oldest player in World Cup history," 25 June 2018 He was charged with a misdemeanor assault after being accused of punching a 26-year old man in the face. USA TODAY, "Alabama dismisses linebacker VanDarius Cowan for violation of team rules," 9 July 2018 A pool of 105 subjects (mostly older men) was issued wearables and split into two groups. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "The best way to get someone to exercise? Pay them, says new Penn study," 14 June 2018 On the stage, the virtuoso smiled and bowed, for the old man in the balcony was his tutor. Loren A. Yadon, idahostatesman, "Leaving the ‘stage of life’ to the applause of heaven," 12 July 2018 The police did not yet have a suspected motive for the Saturday night attack but said a 30-year-old man was in custody. NBC News, "Boise stabbing: 9 injured in attack at Idaho apartment complex," 1 July 2018 The police did not yet have a suspected motive for the Saturday night attack but said a 30-year-old man was in custody. Fox News, "The Latest: Idaho mass stabbing victim flown to Utah," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of old man


1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of old man was in 1673

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English Language Learners Definition of old man

: someone's husband or boyfriend

: someone's father

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