gee·​zer ˈgē-zər How to pronounce geezer (audio)
plural geezers
US, informal, humorous or mildly disparaging : an odd, eccentric, or unreasonable person (usually a man)
especially : an old man
an old geezer
It may suggest only that the offender is … a geezer perhaps, too old and set in his ways to know what's new in the world. Russell Baker
British, informal : a man : guy, bloke
… a 23-year-old from Milton who's best described as an ordinary geezer, a Glasgow bloke through and through …Jack McGrinder
geezerhood noun chiefly US, informal

Examples of geezer in a Sentence

a group of old geezers playing cards Some geezer asked me for a light.

Word History


probably alteration of Scots guiser one in disguise

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of geezer was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Geezer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


gee·​zer ˈgē-zər How to pronounce geezer (audio)
: an eccentric person
especially : an odd old man

probably an altered form of Scots guiser "person in disguise"

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