Meaning of old-fashioned in English:


Pronunciation /???l(d)?fa?nd/

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  • 1In or according to styles or types no longer current; not modern.

    ‘an old-fashioned kitchen range’
    • ‘These are only two of the hundreds of examples of secrecy in what is now seen as a very old-fashioned style of government.’
    • ‘The mansion's interior was as beautifully decorated as the outside - a fusion of modern technology and old-fashioned artefacts.’
    • ‘She walks toward her kitchen and grabs an old-fashioned basket with handles, the basket is made from tree bark and it shines beautifully in the day.’
    • ‘She picked the right door on the first try, and went into a large, old-fashioned kitchen, so clean the shine from it almost hurt her eyes.’
    • ‘Some of the latter do their best to look like an old-fashioned range only to fail the knuckle-tap test we use to determine the solidity of the construction.’
    • ‘The walls were hung with utensils for field and kitchen, and the shelves were stocked with old-fashioned hand tools and cooking gimcracks.’
    • ‘The old-fashioned furniture and fixtures have been replaced by modern wooden flooring and decoration in bright primary colours in a three-week programme.’
    • ‘Good old-fashioned police work and some of the most sophisticated modern detection techniques are being combined in the hunt for the criminal.’
    • ‘These are modern, gender-bending versions of old-fashioned wind-up toys, but all made of paper and very funny.’
    • ‘I appreciate that some people may not like modern architecture as opposed to the large ornate old-fashioned buildings.’
    • ‘To a lot of people, it might sound like really old-fashioned music, but to us it's current, it's what we do now.’
    • ‘The decor is impeccable - basically old-fashioned, but with enough modern twists to stop it feeling dated.’
    • ‘On the sound side, the old-fashioned Dolby Digtial Stereo 2.0 is clean, crisp, and clear.’
    • ‘Noyce's film has a conventional, even old-fashioned feel to it.’
    • ‘While there's no cure for the common cold, old-fashioned foods can at least give you some comfort.’
    • ‘Falling business, old-fashioned designs, and conventional showroom decor keep the customers away.’
    • ‘The place became so quiet, you could hear an old-fashioned timer clock ticking in the kitchen.’
    • ‘Designed to mimic old-fashioned eyelet fabric, the metal O's create a modern look with no-sew ease.’
    • ‘Remember those old-fashioned telephones that plugged directly into the wall and had a cord attached to the hand piece?’
    • ‘If such old-fashioned home remedies don't work, there is a new high-tech product in the drugstore.’
    1. 1.1Favouring traditional or conservative ideas or customs.
      ‘she's stuffy and old-fashioned’
      • ‘Many newspaper editors and owners still cling to the old-fashioned idea that they know better than you how you should vote.’
      • ‘Surely the more old-fashioned idea of locally-reared meat being slaughtered at a local abattoir a short distance away makes perfect sense.’
      • ‘It may be an old-fashioned idea, but life is meaningless unless it is shared.’
      • ‘Yet, despite the electronic attachments, there is something old-fashioned and traditional about him.’
      • ‘Call me old-fashioned and traditional, but a comprehensible story is still appreciated.’
      • ‘In my own opinion, I suppose I still see our society as possessing very old-fashioned views about men and women.’
      • ‘Part of this comes from her old-fashioned view that one does not complain about such annoyances.’
      • ‘People may call me conservative, old-fashioned, or whatever they like, but I do not care.’
      • ‘Some might regard such an old-fashioned view as misguided nostalgia.’
      • ‘We both shared old-fashioned views and stuck doggedly to them at all times.’
      • ‘Are people being raised in barns now, or am I too old-fashioned for the current era?’
      • ‘I'm a bit old-fashioned in that I prefer company names that actually reflect what the companies do.’
      • ‘It was by no means a deal-breaker, obviously, but I guess I am a bit old-fashioned.’
      • ‘I am a bit old-fashioned, but there is a little piece of advice I give to the Minister: do it once; do it right.’
      • ‘He's a bit old-fashioned, in some respect, regarding the role of women in society.’
      • ‘So he was probably regarded as a little bit eccentric and odd, and a bit old-fashioned to begin with.’
      • ‘Where we came from the people were pretty old-fashioned.’
      • ‘He was a good man, just old-fashioned, a man from another time.’
      • ‘Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but surely good manners and thoughtfulness should play a part here?’
      • ‘Perhaps the transition has been just that bit too quick for those of us who remembered things the old way or is it that I'm plain old-fashioned?’
      out of date, outdated, dated, out, out of fashion, outmoded, unfashionable, last year's, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outworn, old, old-time, old-world, behind the times, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, defunct
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    2. 1.2(of a facial expression) disapproving.
      • ‘Jonas gave her an old-fashioned look’


North American
  • A cocktail consisting chiefly of whisky, bitters, water, and sugar.