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older adult

A person past middle age, perhaps (but not necessarily) elderly. Now that I'm an older adult, I have all these aches and pains that I never felt before. You don't have to speak loudly to them, you know—not all older adults have trouble hearing.
See also: adult, older

older brother

A male who is older than one or more of his siblings. I'll ask my older brother to help us with the move. Connie's older brother will be there on Saturday, and I'd really like you to meet him. Our neighbor Jim was like an older brother to me when I was growing up.
See also: brother, older

older sister

A female who is older than one or more of her siblings. I'll ask my older sister to help us with the move. Connie's older sister will be there on Saturday, and I'd really like you to meet her. Our neighbor Jill was like an older sister to me when I was growing up.
See also: older, sister

heaps (something)

Much or a lot of (some quality or thing). Primarily heard in UK. He's done heaps better in maths ever since he got a tutor. I should have installed more memory in my computer ages ago—it's heaps faster now!
See also: heap

as old as my eyes and a little (bit) older than my teeth

A vague response given when one is asked how old they are. I have no idea how old Eleanor is. The one time I asked her directly, all she would say is, "As old as my eyes and a little older than my teeth"—whatever that means.
See also: and, eye, little, old, older, teeth

heaps ˈbetter, ˈmore, ˈolder, etc.

(British English, informal) a lot better, etc: Help yourself — there’s heaps more.He looks heaps better than when I last saw him.
See also: heap
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