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    Geezer

    Please explain to me the meaning of "you've got a geezer" in the dialogue;


    - Time to sort myself out
    - I think it means you've got a geezer

    Thank you

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    Re: Geezer

    Is there any more context?

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    Re: Geezer

    Only use I've ever known (US English) for the word 'geezer' is an old man.

    Q: Who was that?
    A: I dunno- just some old geezer...

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    Re: Geezer

    It can also mean someone who's a bit dodgy in some way- so maybe the friend is warning them about their partner. In BrE, geezer can mean different things in different contexts- a diamond geezer is a decent sort of person who will stand by others, help when necessary, etc.

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    Re: Geezer

    I think it's also a kind of softball bat ?

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    Re: Geezer

    There is a Juggernaut Geezer Softball bat:
    DeMarini Juggernaut Geezer Slowpitch Softball Bat


    It says it is for the "over 45 senior player", which may account for the name.

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    not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Only use I've ever known (US English) for the word 'geezer' is an old man.

    Q: Who was that?
    A: I dunno- just some old geezer...
    Yes, this is the only meaning I've ever heard. It bears mentioning that "geezer" is an insult.

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    Re: not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Vidor View Post
    Yes, this is the only meaning I've ever heard. It bears mentioning that "geezer" is an insult.
    An interesting difference as it's not insulting in most contexts in BrE, and not restricted to old men.

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    Re: not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Vidor View Post
    Yes, this is the only meaning I've ever heard. It bears mentioning that "geezer" is an insult.

    I am a geezer and proud of it!!!

    Here in the United States, there are other insulting words to address us old men:

    Hey, pops, what's up?

    Get out of the way, gramps! (grandfather)

    You old codger.

    How are things going, old-timer?

    And, of course, there are a few that are not suitable for a family website.

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    Re: Geezer

    The British standup comedian Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson) often uses it in his "Lee Nelson's well good show' (as well as "geez") - just a friendly term of address, it seems.

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