old man

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old man (plural old men)

  1. An elderly man.
  2. (slang) One's father.
    "He smacked me around some. Didn't everybody's old man?"
  3. (slang, US) a husband, or significant other
  4. (slang, US Military) Unit's Commanding Officer.
  5. (UK, dated) Term of address for a male friend.
    • 1934, P. G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves
      “Don't mention it, old man,” I responded courteously.
    • 1958, H. E. Bates, The Darling Buds of May
      'Coming up, coming up, coming up,' Pop said. 'There you are, Charley, old man. Larkin Special. Don't ask what's in it. Don't stare at it. Don't think. Just drink it down. In ten minutes you'll feel perfick again.'

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