Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete variant of old.
  • To become old; grow old.
  • To delay; linger.
  • To make old.
  • noun Age: said of any period of life.
  • noun Old age; senility; also, an old person.
  • noun An age; an indefinitely long period of time.
  • noun Time.
  • noun Former ages; old times; antiquity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Old.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To age; to grow old.
  • transitive verb obsolete To make old or ancient.
  • noun Obs. or Archaic Age; esp., old age.
  • noun Poetic Old times; former days; antiquity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rare or dialectal One's age, age in years, period of life.
  • noun Old age, senility; an old person.
  • noun Time; an age, an indefinitely long period of time.
  • noun Former ages, antiquity, olden times.
  • adjective obsolete Old.
  • verb intransitive, archaic To age, become or grow old.
  • verb intransitive To delay; linger.
  • verb transitive To make old, age.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
  • noun a late time of life

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English elde, from Old English ieldu, eldo, ieldo ("age, period of time; period; time of life, years; mature or old age, eld; an age of the world, era, epoch"), from Proto-Germanic *aldīn (“eld, age”), from Proto-Germanic *aldaz (“grown up, mature, old”), from Proto-Germanic *alanan (“to grow, breed, nourish”), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (“to raise, feed”). Cognate with Scots eild ("age"), North Frisian jelde ("age"), German Älte ("age"), Danish ælde ("eld, age"), Icelandic elli ("eld, age"). Related also to Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌳𐍃 (alds, "generation, age"), Old English alan ("to grow up, nourish"). More at old.

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