Geoffrey. ?1340–1400, English poet, noted for his narrative skill, humour, and insight, particularly in his most famous work, The Canterbury Tales. He was influenced by the continental tradition of rhyming verse. His other works include Troilus and Criseyde, The Legende of Good Women, and The Parlement of Foules
family name, from O.Fr. chaucier "maker of chausses," from O.Fr. chauces "clothing for the legs, breeches, pantaloons, hose" (related to case (2)). M.E. chawce was a general term for anything worn on the feet.