cod·​ger ˈkä-jər How to pronounce codger (audio)
: an often mildly eccentric and usually elderly fellow
old codger

Examples of codger in a Sentence

Her father is a feisty old codger. just an old codger who never harmed anyone
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Word History


probably alteration of cadger

First Known Use

circa 1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of codger was circa 1738

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“Codger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cod·​ger ˈkäj-ər How to pronounce codger (audio)
: an odd or cranky fellow

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