from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A somewhat eccentric man, especially an old one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An amusingly eccentric or grumpy and usually elderly man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A miser or mean person.
- n. A singular or odd person; -- a familiar, humorous, or depreciatory appellation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mean, miserly man.
- n. An old fellow; an odd person; a character: usually with old: as, a rum old codger.
- n. A fellow; a chap: a familiar term of address, used in a slighting way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
The so-called codger representing besieged law and order is Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones with the kind of wit and assurance that reveals a master actor at the top of his game.
He grinned, too, did Jacko, with an intensity and frequency that induced the sailors at first to call him a clever dog, in the belief that his perception of the ludicrous was very strong indeed; but as his grins were observed to occur quite as frequently at the pathetic and the grave as at the comical parts of the stories, they changed their minds, and said he was a "codger" -- in which remark they were undoubtedly safe, seeing that it committed them to nothing very specific.
For reasons I can't quite fathom, in most of these movies the codger is a magician, an obvious example being the Dumbledore / Harry connection in the newest frachise entry "
The rest of the time TRICARE & Medicare take pretty good care of this ol 'retired codger.
The characters include a young African-American football player taking refuge from gang violence in his native Los Angeles, a 7-year-old boy on a strict regimen of medications for bipolar disorder, and a sage-like codger who scrapes together a living through illegal sales of cigarettes from a local Native American reservation.
Whenever you hear some old codger bitching about how there's no one making good music anymore, tell him to shut up, put away his Woodstock records, and play this week's new releases.
Yup, that's right, that spunky young bin man whose YouTube rap sensation condemns the health secretary, Andrew Lansley born in 1956, as a "grey-haired manky old codger" is cutting short his lifespan just as surely as if he were sucking on a crack pipe while leaping Becher's Brook.
As for Up, Pixar's 10th outing, which opens May 29, about a cranky codger and an overeager Asian kid who fly off to South America in a house hoisted by helium balloons, it will likely be the first film that all three — father, mother and child, who turns 2 today — enjoy together.
Duvall returns as an elderly fellow in the 2010 Sundance flick "Get Low," a haunted codger pushing forward, again, simply because he's not yet underground.
We have to understand that he's a lonely old codger, grateful for the company of his son.