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Etymology 1[edit]

From guiser. Compare also German Low German Kieser (an obstinate person; brute; savage).


geezer (plural geezers)

  1. (informal, chiefly British, Ireland, Commonwealth, dated in the US) A male person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:man
  2. (UK, Ireland, Commonwealth, chiefly Cockney, slang) Someone affable but morally dubious; a wide boy.
    Synonyms: spiv, wide boy
    • 2002, “Geezers need excitement”, in Original Pirate Material, performed by The Streets:
      Geezers need excitement / If their lives don't provide 'em this, they incite violence / Common sense, simple common sense
    • 2003, Carlton Leach, Muscle, John Blake Publishing, →ISBN:
      He turned out to be a proper geezer who was willing to listen to my proposition that if he took the door at the Ministry, I would pay him £400 a month to mark my cards.
    • 2009, Dreda Say Mitchell, Geezer Girls, Hachette UK, →ISBN:
      He was a bit of a geezer. Used to box with the Krays when he was a young 'un.
    • 2013, Charlotte Ward, Why Am I Always the One Before 'The One'?, Hachette UK, →ISBN:
      When I'd first met Adam, at work when we were both 23, the fact that he seemed a little rough around the edges appealed to me. He was a bit of a geezer, a joker, one of the lads.
  3. (UK, Ireland, Commonwealth, slang) Term of address for a male.
    Synonyms: mate; see also Thesaurus:friend
    Hi, geezer, you alright?
  4. (informal, chiefly Canada, US, sometimes mildly derogatory) An old person, usually a male, typically a cranky old man.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:old man
    • 1885, Corin, The Truth about the Stage:
      In the right-hand division lay the two old geezers, as Sandy styled the landlord and his wife.
    • 2000 August 25, Moira McDonald, “Outtakes”, in Seattle Times, retrieved 6 September 2008:
      The technical term for a female geezer is "old broad," but this is irrelevant, as nobody in Hollywood makes films about women over 55.
    • 2014, The Geezer Gallery, (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], retrieved 31 January 2014:
      Why Geezer? Why would a fine arts gallery choose a name that conjures images of a grumpy old guy sitting on the front porch hollering, “get off my lawn”?
  5. (archaic, British, Ireland, Commonwealth, slang) Wife; old woman.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:wife, Thesaurus:old woman
    • 1882, J. F. Mitchell, Jimmy Johnson's Holiday:
      He'd flirt and boat, but never wrote / A note to his old geezer.
    • 1886, Her Mother's Got the Hump:
      This frizzle-headed old geezer had a chin on her as rough well, as rough as her family, and they're rough 'uns.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See geyser.


geezer (plural geezers)

  1. (South Africa) Alternative form of geyser (domestic water boiler).