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old codger

An affectionate or playfully derisive term for a cantankerous, eccentric old man. My grandpa is such an old codger, but we all love his gruff ways.
See also: codger, old

old codger/coot/fogy

Unflattering names for an elderly man. Old codger, dating from the mid-1700s, may imply that he is testy or crusty, whereas old coot, from the mid-1800s, indicates he is silly or ignorant. As for an old fogy, he may be hidebound in tradition. None of these is a desirable epithet, or, as Terrel Bell put it, “There’s only one thing worse than an old fogy, and that’s a young fogy” (commencement address at Longwood College, Virginia, June 17, 1985). A newer and decidedly vulgar synonym is old fart, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Phil Donahue said it of himself on his NBC television show in 1992: “I didn’t always look like an old fart like this.”
See also: codger, coot, fogy, old
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As the club sank into the depths of liquidation, it seems the trophy ceased to be presented - or maybe the Old Codgers just passed away.
When a member of our staff got to be an "old codger" he purchased a recoil pad larger than the butt end of the stock and stuck with Brownells catalog number 64.
Smaller payouts will be given for codgers who consume beef, fried foods, crisps, lattes, whole milk, dairy products, bacon or WRI jam.
OLD codgers Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover that someone in their tiny village of Tuliagh Mohr holds the winning lottery ticket.
And don't forget this is Jennings, Louisiana, a town with 8,000 friendly people and a few old codgers. For someone like this to come in was to my mind a miracle.'
Eoin Agnes Kennedy said: "No way, to see these auld codgers?" Gaz Kay wrote: "You have to blame the people for paying that kind of money.
Lately we were relegated to old codgers, Longevity sees us reclassified as coffin dodgers.
I agree the roads are not too safe these days for cyclists, but the pathway leading from the traffic lights at the top of Henley Road is becoming too hazardous, especially for us old codgers, and the disabled.
As a family we really appreciate the many kind words, letters and Mass cards from our neighbours, friends and the Fire Brigade Old Codgers, they were a great comfort to us.
Horace Sutherland Gravesend, Kent IN the 1960s the Mirror's Old Codgers published my letter complaining about TV sports commentators.
Although it was just pop music, at least it was better than stuff by old codgers like Engelbert Humperdinck.
Indeed, I have likewise criticised old codgers for delaying coach travel.
Rather than the usual fuddy-duddy old codgers, who think Bill and Ben still feature on our tellies, Mold's Nic Parry is a chap with hisfinger on ournation's pulse.He's presentedTV quizshows, Nic Parry compered his fair share of eisteddfodau,commentated on wrestling bouts, and is a noted TV and radio footballcommentator in Welsh and English.I first met him at a charity soccer match he refereed.He famously greeted Micky Thomas' sizzling equaliser in Wrexham's giant-killing act over Arsenal in 1992 with a gurgling scream usually best left to his Brazilian counterparts.Not your usual sort of judge, obviously.
But Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman manage a few laughs as two old codgers on a journey of self-discovery.
I am sure there are a few "reactionary old codgers" in every political party and it sounds to me as if the 'King of the Road' may becoming one himself.