Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gee v.1

also jee
[? pron. of initial letter of SE go]

to fit, to suit, to behave as required or expected; usu. in phr. it won’t gee, it doesn’t suit, it doesn’t work.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: It wont Gee, it won’t Hit, or go.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy V 83: If Miss prove peevish and will not gee / [...] / find out a fairer, a kinder than she.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: It won’t gee; it won’t hit or do, it does not suit or fit.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 104: ‘It vont Jee!’ [...] it will not succeed.
[UK]Navy at Home III 53: Call in a constable — we’ll see, if such goings on’ll gee here, in the Dolphin — and my good name ruinated!
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn) n.p.: GEE, to agree with, or be congenial to a person.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Nov. 7/3: Italian opera ‘gees’ in a general way at Melbourne Royal, but not to any alarming degree.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 May 24/3: Despite a fat balance to credit of the local Rugby Union, there are signs that football isn’t going to ‘gee’ this season in the South Island of M.L.
[Aus]West. Australian 12 Apr. 9/2: They all reckon they can bring [...] in enough sentiment to make it gee.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 13/3: With us there are no idle rich, / They’re captains all of industry. / They bake, or build, or sow, or stitch, / And make the clashing engines gee.
W.H. Allen ‘Further Word-Lists – Pennsylvania’ in DN IV:ii 158: gee, v. To agree; suit ‘Them two things don’t gee’.
[US]Odum & Johnson Negro and His Songs (1964) 154: Yes, I hollow at the mule, an’ the mule would not gee.