Translation of "old" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /əʊld/ us /oʊld/

old adjective (NOT YOUNG/NEW)

A1 having lived or existed for many years

an old man 老人
We're all getting older. 我們都老了。
I was shocked by how old he looked. 他看上去那麼老,令我很震驚。
Now come on, you're old enough to tie your own shoelaces, Carlos. 好,來吧,卡洛爾,你那麼大了,該自己繫鞋帶了。
I'm too old to be out in the clubs every night. 我年紀不小了,不能每晚都在夜總會裡胡混。
a beautiful old farm house in the country 鄉下一間漂亮的古老農舍
a battered old car 殘破的舊汽車
That's an old joke - I've heard it about a thousand times. 那是個老掉牙的笑話——我聽過不知多少次了。
I think this cheese is old, judging by the smell of it. 從氣味上判斷,我覺得這塊起司放有點久了。
too old disapproving UK also a bit old, US also a little old

unsuitable because intended for older people

Don't you think that book is too old for you? 你不覺得這本書對你來說太舊了點嗎?

More examples

  • A group of old men sat playing dominoes.
  • Many buildings in the old part of the city are falling down, and the government has no money to repair them.
  • As people get older, they often become set in their ways.
  • It would be a sacrilege to put a neon sign on that beautiful old building.
  • There's some wonderful calligraphy in these old manuscripts.

old adjective (WHAT AGE)

A1 used to describe or ask about someone's age

How old is your father? 你父親多大年紀了?
Rosie's six years old now. 羅茜現在6歲了。
It's not very dignified behaviour for a 54-year-old man. 對於一個54歲的人來說,這種行為太有失體面了。
He's a couple of years older than me. 他比我大幾歲。

More examples

  • An adult under British law is someone over 18 years old.
  • Most children in the UK remain in full-time education until they are at least 16 years old.
  • How old is his daughter?
  • The trial was held in camera because the accused was only 14 years old.
  • He asked me how old I was and, lying through my teeth, I said '29'.

old adjective (FROM THE PAST)

A2 [ before noun ] from a period in the past

I saw my old English teacher last time I went home. 上次我回家時見到了我從前的英語老師。
He bought me a new phone to replace my old one. 他給我買了一架時髦的新相機取代了那個舊的。
She showed me her old school. 她領我參觀了她的母校。
I saw an old boyfriend of mine. 我看見了我的一個前男友。
In my old job I had less responsibility. 我以前的那份工作,病假是不給工資的。

More examples

  • After six months of chopping and changing, we've decided to go back to our old system.
  • Just by coincidence, I met my old school-mate again 50 years later.
  • It will only complicate the situation if we invite his old girlfriend as well.
  • The new Prime Minister is cultivating relationships with old Eastern Bloc countries.
  • The new house is not dissimilar to our old one except that it's a bit bigger.

old adjective (LANGUAGE)

Old English, French, etc.

a language when it was in an early stage in its development


old adjective (VERY FAMILIAR)

A2 [ before noun ] (especially of a friend) known for a long time

She's one of my oldest friends - we met in kindergarten. 她是我的老朋友之一——我們上學時就認識。

[ before noun ] informal used before someone's name when you are referring to or talking to them, to show that you know that person well and like them

There's old Sara working away in the corner. 老莎拉在一角埋頭苦幹。
I hear poor old Frank's lost his job. 我聽說可憐的老法蘭克失業了。

More examples

  • Dashed decent of you, old boy!
  • They did a few old hits as/for an encore.
  • "I can't eat this meat - it's too tough." "You old fusspot - give it here and I'll eat it!"
  • He's a miserable old git.
  • He's an insipid old bore.

oldnoun [ plural ]

uk /əʊld/ us /oʊld/
the old

More examples

  • The old are particularly vulnerable to these fraudsters.
  • These holidays are aimed at the old.
  • The old tend to have a different perspective on war.

old people considered together as a group

These cuts in services will particularly affect the old. 許多服務項目被取消,這樣做對老年人的影響尤其大。

(Translation of “old” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)