- an eccentric man, especially one who is old.
Origin of codger
1750–60; perhaps variant of obsolete cadger; see cadge1
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Examples from the Web for codger
Then the “codger” limped to the street and Ephraim looked after him curiously.Dorothy on a House Boat
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.
- informal a man, esp an old or eccentric one: a term of affection or mild derision (often in the phrase old 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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