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old +‎ fashion +‎ -ed


old-fashioned (comparative more old-fashioned, superlative most old-fashioned)

  1. Of a thing, outdated or no longer in vogue.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
    My bike is old-fashioned but it gets me around.
  2. Of a person, preferring the customs of earlier times.
    You can’t stay the night, because my parents are a bit old-fashioned.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Said of all kinds of things including words, houses, places, chimneys, character traits, cookware, education, music, and style.




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old-fashioned (plural old-fashioneds)

  1. A whiskey-based cocktail.
    • 1996, Paul F. Boller, Presidential Anecdotes (page 286)
      At the end of the workday, the Trumans liked to have a cocktail before dinner. Shortly after they moved into the White House, Mrs. Truman rang for the butler, Alonzo Fields, one afternoon and ordered two old-fashioneds.