cod·​ger | \ ˈkä-jər How to pronounce codger (audio) \

Definition of codger

: an often mildly eccentric and usually elderly fellow old codger

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Examples of codger in a Sentence

Her father is a feisty old codger. just an old codger who never harmed anyone
Recent Examples on the Web Beyond the visual shock of St. Helen’s outburst and resultant devastation, my most vivid memory is that of an 83-year-old codger named Harry R. Truman. oregonlive, "Mount St. Helens eruption: Witnesses recall terror, awe when mountain exploded 40 years ago," 18 May 2020 But even this codger of a galaxy knows how to get glitzy for the holidays. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Cosmic ‘Candy Cane’ Was Spotted at the Heart of the Milky Way," 23 Dec. 2019 Related Stories Crabby but sensible old codger Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has amassed a fortune from his career as a prolific writer of mysteries. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Knives Out Is a Delightful Whodunit Attuned to the Worries of the Modern World," 26 Nov. 2019 Sinatra, a rather touchy and somewhat bigoted codger in these pages, earned as much as $100,000 a week for his residency at Caesars Palace. The Economist, "When the King saved Vegas," 11 July 2019 The devilish old codger and said father, Jack (Christopher Plummer), recently ousted from his nursing home for incorrigible weed-dealing. Shana Feste, New York Times, "Review: A Father and Daughter Renegotiate ‘Boundaries’," 21 June 2018 Jack gets back in touch with various smiling old codgers from his youth (Christopher Lloyd and Peter Fonda). Justin Chang,, "'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled," 21 June 2018 Yet the old codgers of tech—or any industry—that are able to rejigger themselves and get moving again are the more impressive heroes, turning the clichéd aircraft carrier. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "'Old Codger' Adobe Pulls Off Rare Tech Transformation," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of codger

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for codger

probably alteration of cadger

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The first known use of codger was in 1756

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“Codger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of codger

informal : an old man


cod·​ger | \ ˈkä-jər How to pronounce codger (audio) \

Kids Definition of codger

: an odd or cranky man

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