What Does OAP Mean?

OAP (Old Aged Pensioner) is an abbreviation used predominantly in the United Kingdom to describe someone old enough to draw on a state pension (currently 65 years old).

The term is often used to describe someone much younger who is showing signs of old age (e.g., making groaning noises when bending, being unable to do two nights out back-to-back).

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When I write OAP, I mean this:

meaning of OAP

The image shows the 77-year-old Michael Mather (an OAP who used to spar with boxing legend Henry Cooper) after he scared off two thugs who attacked him.

Summary of Key Points

"Old Age Pensioner" is the most common definition for OAP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Old Age Pensioner
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

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Examples of OAP in Sentences

Here are examples of OAP being used in sentences:
  • 10% discount for OAPs.
  • You sound like an OAP, mate. You need to cut down on the cigarettes.

An Academic Look at OAP

OAP is mostly used as a noun, but occasionally it is used as an attributive adjective. For example:
  • I am an OAP.
  • (Here, OAP is a noun.)
  • I have an OAP pass.
  • (Here, OAP is an attributive adjective.)
Of note, OAP is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Oh Ay Pee). (Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

Example of OAP Used in a Text


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