from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of a style or method formerly in vogue; outdated.
  • adj. Attached to or favoring methods, ideas, or customs of an earlier time: old-fashioned parents.
  • n. A cocktail made of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a thing, outdated or no longer in vogue.
  • adj. Of a person, preferring the customs of earlier times.
  • n. A whiskey-based cocktail

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed according to old or obsolete fashion or pattern; belonging to or characteristic of times past; adhering to old customs, styles, or ideas.
  • adj. Unacceptable or suboptimum because of having been superseded by something more recent; outmoded{2}; out-of-date.
  • adj. Unfashionably out of date; out of style.
  • n. A cocktail consisting of whiskey, bitters, and sugar, garnished with with fruit slices and often a cherry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed in a fashion which has become obsolete; antiquated: as, an old-fashioned dress.
  • Partaking of the old style or old school; characterized by antiquated fashions or customs; suited to the tastes of former times.
  • Characterized by or resembling a person of mature years, judgment, and experience; hence, precocious: as, an old-fashioned child.
  • Synonyms and Ancient, Old, Antique, etc. See ancient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. out of fashion
  • n. a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices


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old + fashioned


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  • The book, which is aimed at children aged nine to 11, is described as an "old-fashioned fable in a modern setting".

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  • These days doctors don’t smoke while they’re treating you, but Shrager was what was known as an old-fashioned family doctor even then.

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  • There are three primary arm-wrestling styles: the power slam, the over-the-top move and what Camp described as the "old-fashioned hook."

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  • So we might as well call it old-fashioned evil as long as we understand that evil means nothing more than the howling emptiness of a soul with nothing to give.

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  • That’s a retronym, a phrase with a modifier fixing a meaning to a noun that needed no modifier before: The shift to night baseball created day baseball, just as the invention of the electric guitar required us to call the old-fashioned instrument an acoustic guitar.

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  • Piney Woods combats students’ estrangement through stressing what could best be called old-fashioned values.

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  • But that was treated as old-fashioned, a kind of silly sentimentality that could only hold us back.

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  • Unlike the typical evangelical megachurch, Mount Olivet is decidedly old-fashioned.

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  • And for members of Our Savior Lutheran, that life means abundant Bible study, turkey supper fund-raisers, and—at least once a year—a good old-fashioned Tetzel Toss.

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