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  1. an eccentric man, especially one who is old.
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Origin of codger

1750–60; perhaps variant of obsolete cadger; see cadge1
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Related Words for codger

eccentric, fellow, crank, miser, galoot, dodo

Examples from the Web for codger

Historical Examples of codger

  • Then the “codger” limped to the street and Ephraim looked after him curiously.

    Dorothy on a House Boat

    Evelyn Raymond

  • It was Codger's function to teach me philosophy, philosophy!

    The New Machiavelli

    Herbert George Wells

  • Bell and Toots arrive next week, and the Codger at some time known to himself.

    Hildegarde's Harvest

    Laura E. Richards

  • They supposing him to be some old "codger," thought they would have a little fun with him.

British Dictionary definitions for codger


  1. informal a man, esp an old or eccentric one: a term of affection or mild derision (often in the phrase old codger)
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Word Origin for codger

C18: probably variant of cadger
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Word Origin and History for codger


1756, probably a variant of cadger "beggar" (see cadge (v.)), which is of unknown origin.

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