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  • n. A person in disguise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person in disguise; a masker; a mummer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who goes from house to house whimsically disguised, and making diversion with songs and antics, usually at Christmas; a masker; a mummer.

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Examples

  • It was only 2: 30 and the other guide wasnt picking me up till 4 so i walked the 3 miles to one of the pullouts just before Midway guiser basin ... everytime i remeber that day i cant help but laugh ...

    Fly Fishing with Mr.

  • Children, wriggling around as though itching powder had been poured down their backs, watched the judges going up and down the rows inspecting the costumes, sometimes asking what the guiser was meant to be, occasionally conferring with each other.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Recall Dan Burton, the Indiana Republican who while chairman of the House Government Affairs Committee issued truck loads of White House subpoenas along with a suplphurus guiser of unsupported uaccusations.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • Said the guiser to the geezer, "Will you give me a pull?"

    The Geezer and the Guiser

  • "You wormy guiser," she said, and kissed me again, not so roughly this time, but longer.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • England: "Survivals of agricultural magic-making abound in our folk song even today though as the old meaning becomes unclear what was once ritualistic is likely to change into broad comedy, as with the randy animal-guiser song of the 'Derby Ram', concerning a beast of gigantic, not to say cosmic, attributes, a song that is the lyrical equivalent of those phallophoric dances that survive in farming ceremonies in Europe, intended to celebrate and stimulate the powers of reproduction in plants, animals and men, a song that nowadays survives mainly as a bawdy anthem for beery students or soldiers coming home on leave".

    Dalby Ram

  • Said the geezer to the guiser, "I'll be damned if I will.

    The Geezer and the Guiser

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  • (n): a mummer, a person in disguise; a masquerader in odd costume.

    January 15, 2009

  • cf. pace-egger

    January 11, 2009

  • This is what we in Scotland call the kids that come round the doors at Halloween looking for apples, sweets, etc. Traditionally they are expected to tell a joke, sing a song, or something.

    Presumably has the same root as disguise.

    November 5, 2007