cod·​ger | \ˈkä-jər \

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

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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 The opening episode gives us Bruce Dern as a selfish codger not much interested in passing any of his belongings to his estranged granddaughter (Amber Tamblyn). Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Nostalgia’ is a sentimental mess," 1 Mar. 2018 Stories about a group of lovable old codgers can turn cutesy or sentimental, and Al Yasiri hasn’t entirely avoided those pitfalls here. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'On Borrowed Time': Film Review | Palm Springs 2018," 16 Jan. 2018 Is this a moody, hormonal teenager or a caricature of a Depression-era codger? Ethan Gilsdorf, New York Times, "Misfit Creatures, Otherwise Known as Kids Today," 24 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of codger

: an old man


cod·​ger | \ˈkä-jər \

Kids Definition of codger

: an odd or cranky man

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living or existing for a long time

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