[ koj-er ]
/ ˈkɒdʒ ər /


an eccentric man, especially one who is old.

Origin of codger

1750–60; perhaps variant of obsolete cadger; see cadge1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for codger


/ (ˈkɒdʒə) /


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

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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