♦♦♦1) ADJ-GRADED (politeness) You use elderly as a polite way of saying that someone is old.
There was an elderly couple on the terrace...
Many of those most affected are elderly.N-PLURAL: the NThe elderly are people who are old.
The elderly are a formidable force in any election.2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe an object as elderly, you are referring, often in a humorous way, to the fact that it is rather old or old-fashioned and not as good or efficient as a new one would be.
Some of those artillery pieces look a little elderly.
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elderly — [el′dər lē] adj. 1. somewhat old; past middle age; approaching old age 2. quite old; already in old age; aged 3. not current; outmoded the elderly elderly people as a group elderliness n … English World dictionary
Elderly — Eld er*ly, a. Somewhat old; advanced beyond middle age; bordering on old age; as, elderly people. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
elderly — I adjective advanced in years, aetate provectus, aged, along in years, hoary, matured, old, seasoned, senescent II index old Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
elderly — 1610s, from ELDER (Cf. elder) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). O.E. ealdorlic meant chief, princely, excellent, authentic. O.E. also had related eldernliche of old time, lit. forefatherly … Etymology dictionary
elderly — old, *aged, superannuated Antonyms: youthful … New Dictionary of Synonyms
elderly — [adj] in old age aged, aging, ancient, been around*, declining, gray*, hoary, long in tooth*, lot of mileage*, no spring chicken*, old, olden, on last leg*, over the hill*, retired, tired, venerable; concepts 578,797 Ant. young, youth … New thesaurus
elderly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ old or ageing. DERIVATIVES elderliness noun … English terms dictionary
elderly — 01. Many [elderly] people in this country live very active, independent lives. 02. Snowstorms are especially difficult for the [elderly], who often have trouble walking in snow. 03. In the apartment above us, there is an [elderly] couple who have … Grammatical examples in English
elderly */*/*/ — UK [ˈeldə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈeldərlɪ] adjective an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people An elderly gentleman was standing at the… … English dictionary
elderly — eld|er|ly [ eldərli ] adjective *** an elderly person is old. Many people now think that this word is offensive but it is often used in talking about policies and conditions that affect old people: An elderly gentleman was standing at the hotel… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English