noun Slang.

an odd or eccentric man: the old geezer who sells shoelaces on the corner.

Origin of geezer

1880–85; variant of guiser (see guise (v.), -er1), representing dial. pronunciation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of geezer

Historical Examples of geezer

  • What was the "game" of this big "geezer" who was carrying him off?

  • A geezer that'd work his hands these days is a—well, a geezer.

    Smoke Bellew

    Jack London

  • We had a cinch on getting out, but some geezer led us a fool chase by cutting our cord and steering us around in a circle.

  • But you ain't no geezer of dat sort—yer square, an' Old Bill wishes you good luck till de robins nest again.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Seventeen hundred seventy-five, Hardly a geezer ban now alive Who live har ven Paul ban wolunteer.

    The Norsk Nightingale

    William F. Kirk

British Dictionary definitions for geezer


noun informal

a man

Word Origin for geezer

C19: probably from dialect pronunciation of guiser, from guise + -er 1
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Word Origin and History for geezer

1885, variant of obsolete Cockney guiser "mummer" (late 15c.; see guise).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper