old man

Definitions

  • "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
    "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n old man a familiar term of address for a man
    • n old man an informal term for your father
    • n old man a man who is very old
    • n old man (slang) boss
    • n old man aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Went out Just Ahead of the Old Man's Arctic Overshoes 027 Went out Just Ahead of the Old Man's Arctic Overshoes 027
"I love that old man, and wish him awful well." "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
Showing the Old Man a Trick 183 Showing the Old Man a Trick 183
THE OLD MAN WHO CAUSED WITHERED TREES TO FLOWER THE OLD MAN WHO CAUSED WITHERED TREES TO FLOWER
Been Trying to Smoke the Old Man's Pipe, Eh 129 Been Trying to Smoke the Old Man's Pipe, Eh 129
As the Shah raised his sword an old man stepped from behind the tree As the Shah raised his sword an old man stepped from behind the tree
And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man
An old man plays a harp An old man plays a harp

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Old man unregenerate human nature:
    • Old man (coll.) one's father, guardian, or employer (usually with 'the')
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Quotations

  • Bernard M. Baruch
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    “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”
  • Mortimer Collins
    Mortimer Collins
    “A man's as old as he's feeling. A woman as old as she looks.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “An old young man, will be a young old man.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “An old man loved is winter with flowers.”
  • Leon Trotsky
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    “Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.”
  • Felix Frankfurter
    Felix Frankfurter
    “Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eald; Dut. oud; Ger. alt.

Usage

In literature:

Once upon a time, ever so many years ago, there lived a little old man and a little old woman.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
The sight of the innocent face thrilled the old man.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
She saw almost instantly that the old man's brown eyes were more like a child's in expression than like an angry man's.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
What did Old Man Thornycroft care about a dog, anyhow, the hard-hearted old skinflint!
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
This old man suggested a different feeling.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
An old man was shot for concealing a pistol.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
I lak tell yo'ng man all an old man know.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
There was an old man in our town named Old Man Smith.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
It would show the old man that I had not forgotten him, but still thought of him.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The old man got up, with a return of his comical air, and told me to follow him.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Wait till he was an old man?
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
Only the lawyer was a clever old man, whereas the Marquis was a stupid old man.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
With a moan the old man ran to the ledge of rock.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
The fat old man gazed at him solemnly, and Freddie looked at the fat old man.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
He had now become an old man, and was sitting, with his old wife, under an elder-tree in full bloom.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Is there any desperate plunge we wouldn't take if we thought we could leave the Old Man of the Sea behind?
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
But the heavy tread came on, and presently the old man's vast bulk blocked the doorway.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
A raised clenched fist smashed the old man's hat over his eyes.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Marianna had meanwhile torn herself away from the old man and leapt aside.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
He was cordially received by the same old man whom he had seen riding to town in the morning with a bright-faced girl clinging behind him.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
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In poetry:

"Tell us young ones, you gray old man,
What is your secret, if you can.
We have a ship as good as you,
Show us how to keep our crew."
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But the old man sat in the arm-chair,
By the fire that was sinking fast;
In his eyes was the look of the dreamer
Who is thinking of the past.
"We Danced At Night In The Farm House" by Alexander Anderson
But when with dawn I woke from sleep,
And slow came back the unlovely truth,
I wept, as an old man might weep
For the lost paradise of youth.
"Love Recalled in Sleep" by Robert Fuller Murray
Then came a gray old man, and knelt
With bitter weeping by her tomb:--
And others mourned for him, who felt
That he had sealed a daughter's doom.
"Dirge Over A Nameless Grave" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"But thrice we met" the old man said,
But thrice in youthful joy and pride,
When all for whom this board was spread
Were seated gaily at my side.
"Forty Years After" by John Marchborn Cooley
But in the twilight of his years
His soul grew restless; and one morn
He rose, with all an old man's fears,
And sought the town where he was born.
"Fame" by John Joy Bell

In news:

" When Yentob observes, with uncanny insight, that Reiner was the straight man when he and Brooks did "The 2000 Year Old Man," Brook jo...
St Landry Parish, La — A 57-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman.
Deandra Marquis Lee has been named a person of interest in the triple homicide of a 73-year-old man and 9-year-old twins.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with a statutory offense in connection with sexual contact with a 16-year-old Joplin High School student.
The Beverly Hills Police Department has revealed that the bodies they'd discovered at the Beverly Hilton hotel were a 70-year-old man man and the woman, 56.
The 20-year-old man accused of murdering his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend will be in court today.
FITCHBURG — An 84-year-old man was killed and his 67-year-old female companion hospitalized after they were hit by a vehicle while crossing Westminster Street (Routes 2A and 31) last night.
FITCHBURG — An 84-year-old man is dead and his 67-year-old female companion is in surgery tonight after they were struck by a vehicle while crossing Westminster Street this evening.
The 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were driving on Phillipi Lane off Jackson Village Road when they came upon the tree blocking the road.
Authorities on Friday identified a 19-year-old man arrested on Thanksgiving for shooting two people during a fight with his 17-year-old girlfriend at her family's Carson home.
MOORE — A 23-year-old man is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, court records show.
Police are investigating the discovery of a body in the basement of an Elizabeth man's home and the remains of the 67-year-old man's mother.
The brother of a 73-year-old man who was killed along with 9-year-old twins says his brother was in a relationship with the twins' mother.
Khloe Kardashian was just 14 years old when she lost her virginity with an 18-year-old man whom she was "secretly dating", she revealed on The View Monday.
Man shoots 22-yr-old man in Long Pond hot tub .
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In science:

Maybe the Old Man doesn’t play dice with the universe of sets.
Maybe there's no such thing as a random sequence
While I was busy at work together with my old friend, none of us thought of that tricky suffering, now this noble man is deceased.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
The patient was a 46-year-old man who experienced epilepsy as a result of a Spetzler-Martin Grade II arteriovenous malformation (AVM) feeding from the middle cerebral artery in the left temporal lobe of the brain.
Improved visualisation of brain arteriovenous malformations using color intensity projections with hue cycling
At least I do, because I’m an old enough man that I haven’t got to the point that this stuff is obvious to me. ” [9, p.
On the Nature of Reality
There is an old dictum, “Every man is a debtor to his profession.” Such a debt is the most obvious in mathematics where every past discovery provides a perpetual free lunch for future generations, until the end of time or civilization − whichever comes first.
And free lunch for all...
It is a good opportunity to mention that an astronomer, thus a scientist, is not always an old man! We also tell the students that an astronomer does not work every night by looking the sky with the eyes on a telescope.
Bringing Science into Schools through Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Tucson
There is an old saying that “the man with one watch always knows the time, but the man with two watches can never be sure.” Implicit to this proverb is the observation that timekeepers run at different rates. For practical reasons then, some ultimate timekeeper must be declared, with all others approximating it.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Sir Horace Lamb once said “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to Heaven there are two matters on which I hope enlightenment.
Hydrodynamic Turbulence: a 19th Century Problem with a challenge for the 21st Century
When we have been wronged, should we not to revenge? Then our main motivation is here: when reality is a lie, the song of science must be a song of vengeance. A man in Syracuse has been killed, all our milenia-old family has been dishonoured.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
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