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old′ age′


n.
the last period of human life, now often considered to be the years after 65.
[1300–50]
old′-age′, adj.

Old Age

See also age; antiquity; fossils.

old age, when a person may be prone to regale others with anecdotes about his past. [A humorous blend of anecdote and dotage.]
the condition of behaving like an old woman, used especially of men. Cf. senility.
decrepit old age; senility.
the fear of growing old.
the study of the decline of life, as in old age. — geratologic, geratological, geratologous, adj.
1. the science dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons.
2. the study of the physical process and problems of aging; gerontology. — geriatrie, adj. — geriatrist, geriatrician, geriatry, n.
gerontology.
a dental specialty concerned with the care and treatment of the dental problems of the aged. — gerodontist, n.
the condition of appearing older than one is.
the branch of science that studies aging and the special problems of the aged. Also called gerocomy. — gerontologist, n.gerontological, adj.
the state of being in one’s nineties. — nonagenarian, n., adj. — nonagenary, adj.
Medicine, Obsolete, the study of senility.
the state of being in one’s eighties. — octogenarian, n., adj. — octogenary, adj.
Rare.
1. a late education.
2. the process of acquiring education late in life.
the killing off of the old men in a tribe. — senicidal, adj.
1. the state or quality of being old, especially, being afflicted with the infirmity of body and mind that sometimes comes with old age.
2. Informal. a condition of weakness of mind and body, usually associated with advanced age, characterized by the inability to remember simple, recent events, general confusion and bewilderment, and increasing debility. Cf. anility.senile, adj.
the state of being in one’s seventies. — septuagenarian n., adj.septuagenary, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.old age - a late time of lifeold age - a late time of life; "old age is not for sissies"; "he's showing his years"; "age hasn't slowed him down at all"; "a beard white with eld"; "on the brink of geezerhood"
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
mid-sixties, sixties - the time of life between 60 and 70
mid-seventies, seventies - the time of life between 70 and 80
mid-eighties, eighties - the time of life between 80 and 90
mid-nineties, nineties - the time of life between 90 and 100
dotage, second childhood, senility - mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations

old age

noun declining years, age, senility, advancing years, dotage, Third Age, senescence, eld (archaic), elderliness, agedness, autumn or evening of your life They worry about how they will support themselves in their old age.
youth, childhood, adolescence, early life, immaturity, young days, juvenescence
Quotations
"I am grown peaceful as old age tonight."
"I regret a little, would change still less" [Robert Browning Andrea del Sarto]
"Do not go gentle into that good night,"
"Old age should burn and rave at close of day;"
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light" [Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night]
"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man" [Leon Trotsky Diary in Exile]
"sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything" [William Shakespeare As You Like It]
Translations
شَيْخوخَه
alderdom
vanhuus
starost
öregkor
gamals aldur, elli
starost
starost
ihtiyarlıkyaşlılık

old age

nvecchiaia
in one's old age → nella vecchiaia

old

(əuld) adjective
1. advanced in age. an old man; He is too old to live alone.
2. having a certain age. He is thirty years old.
3. having existed for a long time. an old building; Those trees are very old.
4. no longer useful. She threw away the old shoes.
5. belonging to times long ago. old civilizations like that of Greece.
old age
the later part of a person's life. He wrote most of his poems in his old age.
old boy/girl
a former pupil (of a school). The new prime minister is an old boy of our school.
ˌold-ˈfashioned adjective
in a style common some time ago. old-fashioned clothes; Her hairstyle is very old-fashioned.
old hand
a person who is very experienced. He's an old hand at this sort of job.
old maid
an unmarried woman who is past the usual age of marriage.
the old
old people. hospitals for the old.
References in classic literature ?
Some complain of the slights which are put upon them by relations, and they will tell you sadly of how many evils their old age is the cause.
Or, again, as old age is to life, so is evening to day.
She had served my old master faithfully from youth to old age.
At the time I now write of, Father Mapple was in the hardy winter of a healthy old age; that sort of old age which seems merging into a second flowering youth, for among all the fissures of his wrinkles, there shone certain mild gleams of a newly developing bloom --the spring verdure peeping forth even beneath February's snow.
I know whom I may bully and whom I must flatter; and I thus prolong my life to a good old age.
That the question therefore was not, whether a man would choose to be always in the prime of youth, attended with prosperity and health; but how he would pass a perpetual life under all the usual disadvantages which old age brings along with it.
Two short poems here rendered -- namely, "Peaceful Old Age" and "The Penalties of Rank" -- give us a glimpse of the poet in his old age, conscious of decaying powers, glad to be quit of office, and waiting with sublime faith in his Taoist principles to be "one with the pulsings of Eternity".
And thus, perhaps, there was something in Grandfather's heart that cheered him most with its warmth and comfort in the gathering twilight of old age.
Know, O White Man, that it is because of thy kind, because of all white men, that my man and I have no meat in our old age and sit without tobacco in the cold.
Everything told of long use and quiet slow decay; the very bell-rope in the porch was frayed into a fringe, and hoary with old age.
They cut off three of his toes, but the others recovered so that he was still able to work and went on living for another twenty years, first as a farm-labourer, then in his old age as a watchman.
I promise you, Father, that I'll learn a trade, and I'll be the comfort and staff of your old age.