10 Interesting Ways to Say OLD

Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at more interesting ways to say OLD with lots of example sentences so you can learn the new vocabulary in context.

Here is the list:

  1. As old as the hills
  2. Ancient
  3. Long in the tooth
  4. Over the hills
  5. Past one’s prime
  6. Bygone
  7. Be getting on
  8. Vintage
  9. Old-time
  10. Centenarian

As old as the hills

Meaning: very old.

  • The man in the TV series looked very old, as old as the hills.
  • The house they lived in was as old as the hills.


Meaning: something that existed a very long time ago; it also refers to the people who lived thousands of years ago.

  • According to the ancient story, the population in the area has lived there since ancient times.
  • The ancient Greeks used to sacrifice lambs to the gods before going to battle.

Long in the tooth

Meaning: to be old, especially when someone is too old to do something.

  • Aren’t you a little long in the tooth to wear that much makeup?
  • The actress is a bit long in the tooth for the part of a young girl, don’t you agree?

Over the hill

Meaning: an older person who is no longer attractive or capable of doing things as they used to.

  • When I was a teenager, I thought that people over 40 are over the hill.
  • It is not safe to drive that car any more; it’s over the hill.

Past one’s prime

Meaning: a person or a thing that is no longer productive and in good health.

  • Celia was still in business although she was past her prime.
  • I’m not going to eat this cheese; it’s past its prime.


Meaning: something that belongs in the past.

  • The museum reflected the style and elegance of the bygone times.
  • Our grandma told us a story of bygone days when she was little.

Be getting on

Meaning: growing old.

  • My grandpa is getting on in years, he’ll be 78 next month.
  • Tom is almost 35 and it‘s getting on for a footballer.


Meaning: old jewellery, clothes and so on representing the style from the past.

  • Bob is collecting vintage motorbikes.
  • This is a vintage jacket which was in fashion in the 80s.


Meaning: things from a long time ago.

  • They are still preparing the same dishes as old-time Americans for Thanksgiving.
  • They played some old-time Irish dancing music in the club.


Meaning: a human who is a hundred or more years old.

  • They say there are lots of centenarians living on some Greek islands.
  • More and more people are becoming centenarians nowadays.
Ways to say OLD
Ways to say OLD

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