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[ gee-zer ]


, Slang.
  1. an odd or eccentric man:

    the old geezer who sells shoelaces on the corner.


/ ˈɡiːzə /


  1. a man

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geezer1

1880–85; variant of guiser ( guise (v.), -er 1 ), representing dial. pronunciation

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geezer1

C19: probably from dialect pronunciation of guiser, from guise + -er 1

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Example Sentences

“Maybe we're old geezers and were just Brooklynized out of existence,” she said.

He is not officially old enough to play a geezer, though he makes a good one.

From Time

Our next president is likely to either start out as a geezer or become one in office.

From Vox

I just did one [Geezer] with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.

He displayed “an attitude of complacency,” with one likening him to “a dodgy geezer.”

To someone my age (47) Keith Richards (67) in his memoir Life has a kind of rare healthy post-Empire geezer transparency.

There are no fireworks at the end of this memoir but just the sweet ease of geezer-rockdom.

Plus, click here to read syndicated columnist and co-founder of Liz Smith on geezer buying power.

Many more of them kind, Pippin reflected, would carry the old geezer off, sure thing.

I hold here an envelope to be delivered to Tomasso Slade—main geezer of the Elks.

But wont it jar the old geezer when his pipe goes out, to-night?

"Something's biting the old geezer," he informed Hal and Ellis.

He's th' geezer that made fame up to Poison Knob three years ago.


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About This Word

What does geezer mean?

Geezer is a mildly negative slang term for a man, especially an older man who’s considered odd in some way.

In American slang, geezer almost always refers to an older man and is especially used in the phrase old geezer. 

In British slang, geezer just refers to any man.

In both cases, though, the term is used in a mildly insulting, dismissive way.

Example: There’s always some old geezer standing on that street corner handing out weird pamphlets.

Where does geezer come from?

The first records of geezer come from around the 1880s. It comes from the word guiser, which refers to a person who performs in a costume (a guise), such as in a street parade.

Geezer originated as a term for a man, much like the words chap and fellow, or their modern equivalents, dude and guy. Like these last two words, it can be used in a dismissive way. More often than not, it refers to an older man, especially one who’s treated dismissively because he’s a bit eccentric. Kids might call the stereotypical old man yelling at them to get off his lawn a geezer. Appearance is often a factor, too. An older man whose appearance is a bit shabby is probably more likely to get labeled an old geezer than a well-groomed and gentlemanly professor type. In any case, the word is used as a casual insult. Some men might even apply it to themselves, as in Old geezers like me just want to go fishing and have some peace and quiet.

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  • old guy

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How is geezer used in real life?

Geezer is often used in a mildly negative way, and it’s most often applied to older men. Some people apply it to themselves in a self-deprecating way.






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