old man


Definition of old man

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 informal
a : husband "You see the back of that house with the broken porch rail. Mrs. Danaker lives there. She takes in washin'. Her old man was killed on the railroad."— Jack London
b : father When he had everybody around him, all of us, all the kids, my old man was in heaven.— Philip Roth
c : boyfriend … Kate's friend Carol, who knew about such things because her current old man knew the advertising man at Rolling Stone— Cyra McFadden
2 or Old Man, informal : a man in authority especially : commanding officer Pershing disliked MacArthur's cowboy individualism and the impudence with which he treated the old man's headquarters staff. U.S. News & World Report


geographical name
Old·​man | \ ˈōld-mən How to pronounce Oldman (audio) \

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: Noun

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Examples of old man in a Sentence

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

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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“Old man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20man. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of old man

: someone's husband or boyfriend
: someone's father

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