One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An elderly man, especially one who is old-fashioned or eccentric.‘old codgers always harp on about yesteryear’
man, boyView synonyms
- ‘Some of the old codgers are probably in irreversible decline and the best years of their lives are certainly over.’
- ‘The younger punters want to check out whether these old codgers deserve legendary status.’
- ‘Geezers and codgers well remember how the first steel shafts were painted yellow or brown to resemble hickory.’
- ‘I've been introduced to a couple of codgers who have created a fabulous documented account of information on every reasonably major club and league in the country.’
- ‘‘I don't think the lads see me as an ancient codger and I certainly don't feel that way,’ he says.’
- ‘Might TV news tilt in favor of prescription benefits for senior citizens because the producers know many of their viewers are codgers?’
- ‘Since the new drug benefit doesn't kick in until after the election, the codgers won't realize they've been duped until it's too late.’
- ‘George Jackson successfully defended his seniors championship for old codgers over the age of fifty.’
- ‘The old codgers' advocacy group - AARP - pays only 17 per cent of its revenue in administration.’
- ‘I have a nasty feeling unless something is done when all the old codgers like me are gone I don't know if it will still be remembered.’
Mid 18th century: perhaps a variant of cadger (see cadge).
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.