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”).
- (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, edition Digitized, published 2008, page 32:
- Lectorius, friends are geason now-a-days …
- 1937, quoting George Puttenham, George Gregory Smith editor, Elizabethan Critical Essays, edition Digitized, published 2008, page 119:
- … ye shal finde many other word to rime with him, bycause such terminations are not geazon, …
- (UK dialectal) Difficult to procure; scant; sparing.
- (rare or dialectal) Unusual; wonderful.