an eccentric man, especially one who is old.

1750–60; perhaps variant of obsolete cadger; see cadge Unabridged
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codger (ˈkɒdʒə)
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 & History

1756, probably a variant of cadger "beggar," origin unknown.
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Example sentences
But there was one old codger they had a devil of a time a-snaring.
He was obviously a pretty stubborn old codger himself.
His best-known characterization was as a grizzled, paintbrush-mustached old codger.
When he lets himself go, the other members of the family shiver a little, but their regard for the old codger never weakens.
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