(as) old as Adam

(as) old as Adam

humorous Very old. An allusion to Adam, the first human created by God in the Bible. Oh, she's old as Adam, she can't hear us. Why don't we ever sing new songs? Those hymns are as old as Adam.
See also: Adam, old

old as Adam

Also, old as the hills. Ancient, as in He must be as old as Adam by now, or That joke is as old as the hills. The first term, alluding to the first human created by God, according to the Bible, was first recorded only in 1867. The variant, referring to geological time (when mountains were created), dates from about 1800.
See also: Adam, old