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[gee-zer] /ˈgi zər/
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
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  • They's times when every geezer playin' wins, as I know, for I've sat in such games an' saw more'n one bank busted.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • What was the "game" of this big "geezer" who was carrying him off?

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

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • 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.

  • 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
C19: probably from dialect pronunciation of guiser, from guise + -er1
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for geezer



: Van Dyke's comeback is part of a multinetwork trend toward what could be called geezer mysteries/ ''Geezer rock'' goes on tour


A man, esp an old man; duffer, gaffer, guy: It gave him all kinds of confidence just to hear the big geezer spout/ He is a tall geezer with chin whiskers

[1885+; fr earlier and possibly Cockney giser, ''mummer, one who puts on a guise or mask,'' hence a quaint figure; the origin resembles that of guy]



  1. A drink of liquor; snort (1920s+ Prison)
  2. A dose or injection of a narcotic (1940s+ Narcotics)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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