1. (also geaser, geeser, geyser, gezer, gheeser) a man, a ‘bloke’; occas. a woman.
|Life and Work Among Navvies 51: I should be greatly obliged if they would [...] tell me why an old-fashioned youth generally gets styled ‘Gezer’.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 21 June 57: Geesers are gals. That is to say, sort of gals. They wear improvers and are commonly supposed to be of the feminine persuasion, but they are not nice.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Oct. 8/4: And when I asked him for whom he was a grafting the old cat-headed geyser sed ‘you’.|
|‘’Arry on the Battle of Life’ in Punch 21 Sept. in (2006) 136: Wy [sic], the geesers might just as well ask / If Drink is worth Drinking!|
|‘’Arry on the ’Oliday Season’ in Punch 16 Aug. 74/1: I was innercent then, a young geeser.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 112: He told me dat dey was two geezers he had given de Mitchell tip to dat afternoon.|
|Truth (Sydney) 27 Jan. 5/5: We want young Australians in the City Council [...] We’ve had too many old geesers [sic] up till now.|
|Hooligan Nights 40: ‘I’ve ’ad one like it afore to-day,’ she says — the old geezer.|
|Hants Teleg. 21 Apr. 11/3: But best of all is a ‘geezer,’ I follows ’er up an’ down. / Declarain’ as ’ow I’m desprit an’ she forks out ’arf-a-crown .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 Dec. 15/1: ’Ere! I say, you silly old gheeser, why don’t you lean on your bloomin’ breath?|
|Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 125: There was a geezer with a bell-metal vocal plant.|
|Marvel III:54 8: Bust that aunt! [...] Can’t you let the old geyser rest?|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 187/1: Old geyser (Street). Elderly man.|
|Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 214: You gold-eyed Geezer, you!|
|N.Y. Times Mag. 30 Apr. 5/2: Don Quixote [...] The geezer that went with him was a fall-guy for fair.My View on Books in|
|Truth (Sydney) 7 Sept. 12/4: Girls left on the streets to wander, / Meeting of the Tempter there; / Usually some old geaser, / With a bob or two to spare.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 3 July 4/1: They Say [...] That The old geyser ought to support local industry.|
|Cockney At Home 162: I told one old geeser [...] as I was the father o’ five.|
|Human Touch 112: The old geyser’s taken root.|
|Third Round 539: Just because he wants to spout out his footling discovery to a bunch of old geysers at the Royal Society.|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 10 Sept. 6/3: One of them is a rather decent old geeser as geesers go.|
|Stealing Through Life 296: Kick the big fat geezer there in the face if you have to.|
|Here’s Luck 77: When he does break out and seek to make himself heard, the family merely shrugs its shoulders and murmurs, ‘What’s bitten the old geezer?’ .|
|(con. WWI) Flesh in Armour 195: [of a woman] ‘Oh, we don’t mind going to see the old geezer’.|
|Dundee Courier 23 Aug. 3/4: The geeser talking to the plain clothes copper is a mouthpiece.|
|They Drive by Night 13: They always seemed to be topping geezers who’d never seen the inside of a nick before.|
|(con. 1920s) ‘Bubbles’ of the Old Kent Road 22: The lads meant no offence when they referred to God as the ‘Geyser upstairs’.|
|Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 26 44: The letter was from a mate of his, geezer called Cohen.|
|No Hiding Place! 160: Twas a marvellous fight – while it lasted; / The hopes of the ‘geesers’ truly blasted.|
|Complete Molesworth (1985) 364: Constructed by the romans and julius ceasar the silly old geyser.|
|Absolute Beginners 158: The next thing we saw the Hoplite with a cheery old geezer who’d obviously had four or five too many.|
|Entertaining Mr Sloane Act II: I thumbs a lift from a geyser who promises me a bed.|
|Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 54: I walked into the toilets one day and there were two geezers in there doing it.|
|Frying-Pan 44: Ah, here’s a big geyser, he’ll keep them in line.|
|Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 63: Who’s the geyser with the boozer’s conk?|
|The Same Old Grind 43: ‘You mean it took the old geezer all the time i was taking a leak to get that far?’.|
|Family Arsenal 24: The geezer’s offering drinks and all.|
|1985 (1980) 148: Get this geezer’s testiculars from CR.|
|Limericks Down Under 22: A circus performer of Breeza / Was a notably nimble old geeza.|
|Skin Tight 46: You know how old that geezer is?|
|Paydirt [ebook] ‘[S]ome old geezer’s feeding his sheep’.|
|It Was An Accident 98: He was a good geezer the doc. The nurse was a good geezer. The lady in reception was a good geezer.|
|in Jack of Jumps (2007) 76: She was frightened of the two geezers.|
|Viva La Madness 20: It’s more to do with having heavy geezers look down [...] so as to avoid your gaze.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] A geezer called Harry Parker, an old school mob guy from the ’50s.‘The Dutch Book’ in|
|Vanity Fair 16 Mar. 🌐 I said, ‘’ere, how does this fucking Bill know about anything?’ recalled Perkins. ‘Bill,’ [Reader] said. ‘[Who’s] Bill?’ I said, ‘the fucking geezer round Kenny’s’.|
2. (US) an old man, occas. a woman; usu. as old geezer (cf. old geezer ).
|🎵 He’d flirt and boat, but never wrote / A note to his old Geezer.‘Jimmy Johnson’s Holiday’|
|Truth about Stage 16: If we wake up the old geezers we shall get notice to quit without compensation. The two geezers, as Sandy styled the landlord and his wife.|
|🎵 It’s nice to be called by him in the dock, / ‘A blooming old geezer’, or perhaps it’s ‘old cock’.‘The Magistrate’|
|🎵 Last week down our alley come a toff, Nice old geezer with a nasty cough.‘Wot Cher!’|
|Aus. Sl. Dict. 32: Geeser, the old man or mistress.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 330: The old geezer’s like his orchard – covered with moss.|
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 20: geezer, old. Antique bozo; a dodo; an old dud.|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 8 May 6/5: What is the difference between an old buffer, an old josser and an old geezer?|
|Ten Detective Aces Sept. 🌐 The old geezer’s dancing was definitely dated.‘Rock-a-Bye Booby’ in|
|Jennings’ Diary 105: Short-sighted professors and fossilised old geezers.|
|Gone Fishin’ 193: This old geezer conned me.|
|Psychotic Reactions (1988) 5: Run here, my towhead grandchillen, and let this geezer dandle you upon his knee.in|
|Rivethead (1992) 82: Even the geezers and the bag ladies got up and pranced.|
|Shame the Devil 233: He nodded to an ancient geezer with a flowing gray beard.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 291: Billy wasn’t sure of the old man had survived being hit [...] If the geezer woke up suffocating [...] it’d be his own fault for being so nosey.|
|Squeeze Me 29: Some of the town’s richest geezers were avid kleptos.|
3. a victim, e.g. of a tramp’s begging or a confidence trickster’s hoax.
|Times (Shreveport, LA) 12 May 3/5: The word ‘geezer’ is a term of contempt, the same as [...] ‘guy’.|
|Little Falls Herald (MN) 31 Mar. 3/3: How to Operate the Shell Game with Profit [...] When the steerer gets the geezer in the push, let the boosters stall until the main plugger cops.|
|Maledicta IX 143: The dolly boys of The Dilly (Piccadilly Circus) who are [...] trolling (U.S. cruising) for customers (geezers, steamers, from rhyming slang ‘steamer tug’ = mug, which is to say victim, or mark).|
|Dandy Comic Library No. 205 12: A strong easy-to-hypnotise geezer.|
4. a term of address.
|Varmint 347: Good-by, old geezer!|
|Scholar 139: ‘If you see ’im tell him Sean come to check ’im.’ ‘No problem geezer.’.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan. 74: Their Speeka project on Ultimate Dilemma is wicked, geeza.|
5. in fig. use of sense 2, staleness, tiredness.
|Harder They Fall (1971) 105: You look good as ever [...] and it’s not that you’ve got any geezer in you when you climb through the ropes.|
|Waterfront (1966) 204: He could feel all their eyes watching him for sign of geezer. How tough was the tough kid now?|
6. a well-dressed, stylish man.
|Small Time Crooks 66: I saw him ’smornin’ an’ what a geezer! He’s gotta curl-brim hat an’ soft white shoes an’ a suit like a railroad executive.|
7. (Und.) a prostitute’s client.
|Queens’ Vernacular 118: the client; the one who pays for it. Syn: geezer (Brit pros sl).|
8. (UK gay) a young male prostitute’s older client.
|Maledicta II:1+2 (Summer/Winter) 118: Elsewhere Aylwin lists a few more ‘Vulgarities’: [...] geezer (ice cream freezer, a geezer being an old man in common parlance but a client to a rent boy).|
9. an authority figure.
|Dear ‘Herm’ 99: We might of still gotten the Old Geezer to relax a little.|
|Curvy Lovebox 101: The Geezer standin’ well pissed off.|
10. (UK black) one who fails to achieve the standards of the ‘street’ lifestyle.
|Crumple Zone 32: Bruvvers an’ Geezers yeah, dey’s different. Dey even die different defs. High-speed, low-speed innit. Bruvvers die high speed. Geezers get chibbed. Iss all about who can and who can’t innit.|
1. one’s husband.
|🎵 My old geezer went a-waddling like a porpoise ’aving a wash.[perf. Marie Lloyd] Folkestone for the Day|
2. an old woman, esp. one’s wife; often as the old geezer.
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 17 Sept. 8/2: ‘You keep clear of the girls, young man,’ she says to me [...] I laughed at the old geezer.|
|Western Gaz. 30 Sept. 16/6: He [i.e. her husband] called me an ‘old hag’ and an ‘old geeser’ after having all the best of my life.|
|Lonely Londoners 148: [of a woman] The old geezer call me a cruel monster [...] If you did see she face, you would think I commit a murder.|
|We Think the World of You (1971) 126: The good-hearted old geezer was a bit browned off.|
|‘Oh! My! You’re a Dandy for Nineteen Years Old’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 192: So come all you young fellers when you courtin’ to go, / Inspect your true love from her head to her toe, / Or else you’ll be ruined like me and be sold / To a patched-up old geezer who’s ninety years old.|
|George’s Marvellous Medicine 28: [of a woman] They will no doubt cause some splendid explosions inside the old geezer.|