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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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡiːzən/, /ˈɡeɪzən/, /ˈɡɛzən/


geason (comparative more geason, superlative most geason)

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