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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡizɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡiːzə/
Audio (AU) (file)
- Rhymes: -iːzə(ɹ)
- Homophones: geyser, Giza (in some dialects)
geezer (plural geezers)
- (informal, chiefly Britain, dated in US) A male person.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:man
- 1922, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 19, in Right Ho, Jeeves:
- You are a silly young geezer.
- (Britain, chiefly Cockney, slang) Someone affable but morally dubious; a 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.
- (Britain, slang) Term of address for a male.
- (informal, chiefly 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, Moira McDonald, "Outtakes," Seattle Times, 25 Aug. (retrieved 6 Sep. 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, "," (retrieved 31 Jan 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”?
- (South Africa) Alternative form of
- (archaic, Britain, slang) Wife; 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.
informal address to a male
informal: old person, especially male
device for boiling water — see geyser