Merriam - Webster Coalgate Dictionary defines a
Main Entry: geezer
Etymology: probably alteration of Scots guiser (one in disguise)
: an odd, or eccentric person used especially of elderly men
A queer old fellow; an old chap; an old woman. [Contemptuous, Slang
MSN Encarta Definition:
1. eccentric or irritable senior citizen: a senior citizen,
especially a man who is eccentric or irritable ( informal ) (
sometimes considered offensive )
2. U.K. ( slang )
Same as mann (sense 1)
[Late 19th century. Representing dialect pronunciation of guiser (<
The phrase 'Diamond Geezer' is London slang; the Oxford slang
dictionary definition reads -
A really wonderful man
Helpful and reliable
A gem of a man
A commonly heard extension to 'diamond'. [Mainly London use] a
good 'solid' reliable person.
Not a bad set of standards to work to.
A recent e-mail that has been going around:
OLD GEEZERS . . .
"Geezers" are easy to spot:
At sporting events, during the playing of the
National Anthem, Old Geezers remove their caps and stand at
attention and sing without embarrassment. They know all the words
and believe in them. They stand at attention with hands across the
heart when the American Flag passes by them.
Old Geezers remember the Great Depression, FDR, Gabriel Heater,
World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy, Iwo Jima,
England's Sir Winston Churchill, Hitler, Stalin and Kruschev. They
remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War 1950-53-55, The Cold War,
the 50-plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, the Jet Age and
the Moon Landing, not to mention Vietnam and the Cuban Missile
If you bump into an Old Geezer on the sidewalk, he will apologize.
If you pass an Old Geezer on the street, he will nod or tip his cap
to a lady.
Old Geezers trust strangers and are courtly to women.
Old Geezers hold the door for the next person and always, when
walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
Old Geezers get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and
children and they don't like any filth on TV or in movies.
Old Geezers have moral courage. They seldom brag unless it's about
It's the Old Geezers who know our great country is protected, not by
politicians or police, but by the young men and women in the
military serving their country.
This country needs Old Geezers with their decent values.
We need them now more than ever!
Thank God for Old Geezers!
So our consensus is that a "ARR Geezer"
is a good thing.
So we form this United Society