Alternative formsEdit


From old.[1]



ould (comparative oulder, superlative ouldest)

  1. (slang, Ireland) old, aged, long-established
    • "The Ould Lammas Fair takes place in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim on the last Monday and Tuesday in August. It's one of the oldest fairs in Ireland"[2]
    • "But, begonnies, in three months I was able to send home for the ouldest little girl--she was only nine years of age."[3]
    • "maybe they'd come round you to play wid you, an' then what's the harum, barrin' they're not any o' the grown brats, as ould or oulder than yourself, that you're behoulden to keep at a distance"[4]

ould (not comparable)

  1. (slang, Ireland) term of denigration
    • "Sonny'll tell you all about it, but pay no heed to him. He's only an ould goat anyway."[5]
  2. (slang, Ireland) term of diminution (often affectionate)
    • for home entertainment they then have to endure the bloody Afternoon Show on RTE, all that bullshit about cookery and clothes and celebrity gossip, when all they want is an ould song from Johnny McEvoy.[6]

Usage notesEdit

Used in spelling pronunciations of popular speech.

Derived termsEdit

  • ould fella
  • ould one
  • Ould Sod



  1. ^ A Hiberno-English archive: ould
  2. ^ The Ould Lammas Fair from irishcultureandcustoms.com
  3. ^ Maguire, John Francis The Irish in America, CHAPTER XVI....concluded (1868)
  4. ^ Banim, John The Nowlans, Vol. 1, Chap. 3 (1825)
  5. ^ Taylor, Patrick An Irish Country Doctor, p.85 [ISBN 0765319950] Macmillan (2008)
  6. ^ Lynch, Declan "Why those poor ould fellas deserved to have their say" Sunday Independent (October 14 2007)



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Standard Arabic ولد (wálad, son of)[1]


Arabic: لد




  1. son of

Usage notesEdit

I would say that most Mauritanians would refer to Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla as simply OULD HAIDALLA rather than Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla or even Mohamed Khouna. This name is made up of a first name (Mohamed Khouna) and a family name (Ould Haidalla) meaning "Son of Haidalla" as in English or Scottish family names such as Jacobson or McNeil. It does not include a middle name or a tribal affiliation. The traditional practice of writing the complete name would read: Mohamed Kouna (first name) Ould Haidalla (family name) Al-Arusy (tribal affiliation).[2]


  1. ^ apptek.com "Solving the Problem of Traditional Approaches to Name Matching" 'The North African Arabic prefix Ow, a variant of Ould (which comes from Arabic ولد (wálad, son of))'
  2. ^ Ould-Mey, Mohameden review of Historical Dictionary of Mauritania, Second Edition in "Journal of Third World Studies" (Fall 1998)
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