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[koj-er] /ˈkɒdʒ ər/
an eccentric man, especially one who is old.
Origin of codger
1750-60; perhaps variant of obsolete cadger; see cadge Unabridged
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Examples from the web for codger
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for codger


(informal) a man, esp an old or eccentric one: a term of affection or mild derision (often in the phrase old codger)
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for codger



An old man, esp an eccentric one •Usu with old: Look at those happy codgers on the shuffleboard court

[1756+; probably fr cadger, ''moocher, wheedling beggar'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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