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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
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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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I was going to tell you how many unmistakeable admirers I had:- Sir Thomas Ashby was one,--Sir Hugh Meltham and Sir Broadley Wilson are old codgers, only fit companions for papa and mamma.
Why, I am a boy, sir, to half a dozen old codgers here!"
The old codger agreed to leave the final decision to you when we caught up with you.
The old codger goes down the Yukon with us, stack on that, my hearty!
"If an old codger like that can handle one plow, I can handle two."
Supported by a number of clubs including the Jaguar Enthusiasts, the Stoke on Trent Classic Car Club, and the Old Codgers Classic Car Club, the vehicles on show ranged from cars and commercials, to tractors, military and motorcycles.
Perhaps those with more life experience just might be right but the older generation bashers who have never said a word of protest respecting the unfair treatment of our young people during decades of successive governments, which have systematically betrayed the young, have suddenly become their champions - or rather they feel they must punish the old codgers for voting to leave the EU.
Jean Cooper, Dunfermline SO 160,000 old codgers will decide who is to be the next PM of the UK.
You play up there with the gods and other old codgers. 18-hole.
That, we old codgers are told, is actually faster than talking directly to a member of West Midlands Police.
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It may be that younger readers are a little irritated by us old codgers reminiscing about long gone days.
Today we have super-rich pensioners who receive this money, all the old codgers in the House of Lords receive this money, even Richard Branson receives it and I bet not one of them refuses to accept it.
Today, we have super-rich pensioners who receive this money, all the old codgers in the House of Lords receive this money, even Richard Branson receives it, and I bet not one of them refuses to accept it.
You should have persons familiar with the particular military branch proof the copy to keep old codgers like me from picking at you.