#EngVocab: Other Ways to Say “Old”

Hey fellas, today in #EngVocab, we have collected seven words – among many – that you can use to describe old things. Here they are:

1. Ancient, means dating from very long ago¹.

These ancient ruins were once a glorious palace.

2. Antique, means made in typical of earlier time and valued for its age². Antique is commonly used to describe a piece of porcelain ware or furniture which is valued for its beauty and rarity.

That antique mirror is probably worth over ten thousand dollars.

3. Archaic, means extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period². It also means no longer current or applicable³.

The archaic notion that a woman’s place is in the home now begins to disappear.

4. Venerable, means impressive by reason of age². You can also use venerable to describe a person who deserves respect because he is old and wise.

He gave a visit to the venerable temple of Borobudur last summer.

A venerable wizard with white hair, long beard, and pointy hat climbs up the stage.

5. Obsolete, means no longer in use³. Something that is obsolete is no longer needed because a better thing now exists.

In 1998, an estimated 20 million computers became obsolete every year.


6. Superannuated, means too old to be useful².

People no longer store food in that superannuated silo.

7. Outdated, means no longer valid or fashionable²Outdated has the closest meaning with kadaluarsa in Bahasa Indonesia.

I suggest you contact the office, because the information on the website is outdated.

There you go, fellas. Old is a very general term so you can use those adjectives to describe an old thing more specifically.


¹ Collins English Dictionary

² WordNet 3.0

³ American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

Compiled and written by @fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on August 18, 2016.


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