At what age does one qualify to be called a geezer? Most dictionaries just say "an old man." I was wondering if you could define the chronological age at which the term geezer applies.
-- Alan Lewis, the net
Good news, Alan. No age limit on geezers, if we take the original meaning. You can be one right now, if you want. A geezer was just a guy wearing some sort of silly disguise (a "guiser"). Usually in a parade or making a public spectacle of himself somewhere. But as we gradually lost all respect for the elderly, the word came in handy on almost a daily basis.