geason

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English geson, gesene (rare, scarce), from Old English gǣsne (deprived of, wanting, destitute, barren, sterile, dead), from Proto-Germanic *gaisnijaz (barren, poor), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰē- (to be gaping, yawn). Cognate with North Frisian gast (barren), Low German güst (barren), Old High German geisini, keisini (lack).

Adjective[edit]

geason (comparative more geason, superlative most geason)

  1. (rare or dialectal) Rare; uncommon; scarce.
    • Such as this age, in which all good is geason, [...] — Spenser.
    • This white falcon rare and gaison, This bird shineth so bright. — Prog. of Eliz.
    • 1825, “The Wounds of Civil War [Act II]”, in John Payne Collier, Robert Dodsley, Isaac Reed editor, A Select Collection of Old Plays[1], edition Digitized, published 2008, page 32:
      Lectorius, friends are geason now-a-days …
    • 1937, quoting George Puttenham, George Gregory Smith editor, Elizabethan Critical Essays[2], edition Digitized, published 2008, page 119:
      … ye shal finde many other word to rime with him, bycause such terminations are not geazon, …
  2. (UK dialectal) Difficult to procure; scant; sparing.
  3. (rare or dialectal) Unusual; wonderful.