One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The hard, shiny dark brown nut of a horse chestnut tree, typically one with a flat edge, used in the children's game of conkers.‘they collected their cheesers in the spacious garden’
- ‘They must be large and round: cheesers, or flat-topped conkers, are no use.’
- ‘This one tree still has the best cheesers.’
- ‘There's more fun to be had with a wedge-shaped cheeser, especially when it's been thoughtfully prepared.’
- ‘It's October, the month when small boys' minds are filled with ‘cheesers’.’
- ‘We'd head out to the big chestnut trees on the outskirts of the town and spend hours shaking the ripe cheesers.’
Early 20th century: of uncertain origin; possibly from the odour of an opened chestnut, or perhaps from an abbreviation of a pronunciation of chestnut.
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