I you I: "My older friends didn't come either." It could mean a) my friends from a long time ago b) my friends that are older than me.

Is there an adjective that removes this ambiguity?

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    old not older. – Jim Apr 22 '17 at 16:13

A longtime friend is the expression you are looking for:

having been so for a long time : long-standing.

  • a longtime friend a longtime friendship*.


  • I would use longtime for friendships that started a long time a go and that have endured to the present. But friendships made years ago that have drifted apart over time (due to having moved away for example) are just old friends. I invited some old friends that I haven’t seen in years) – Jim Apr 22 '17 at 16:13

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