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[foh-gee] /ˈfoʊ gi/
noun, plural fogeys.


or fogey

[foh-gee] /ˈfoʊ gi/
noun, plural fogies.
an excessively conservative or old-fashioned person, especially one who is intellectually dull (usually preceded by old):
The board of directors were old fogies still living in the 19th century.
Origin of fogy
First recorded in 1770-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
fogyish, adjective
fogyism, noun
Can be confused
foggy, fogy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fogey
Historical Examples
  • It is at best the act of a fogey and always an easy thing to do, as there are so few people who can contradict one.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • But when my slightly contemptuous companion spoke I had no answer, felt out of date and dull, a fogey and an idle man.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • One old German fogey wanted to have all the letters on the German typewriters changed to German script.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
  • Her people are hastening to bring from hidden coves things once discarded as fogey.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • She said to herself that she was rapidly developing into a fogey, and must rigorously combat the grievous tendency.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for fogey


noun (pl) -geys, -gies
an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey)
Derived Forms
fogeyish, fogyish, adjective
fogeyism, fogyism, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for fogey

also fogy, "an old, dull fellow," 1780, Scottish foggie, originally "army pensioner or veteran," perhaps connected to fogram (1775) "old-fashioned person;" or from fog in obsolete senses of "moss" or "bloated fat" (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fogey



  1. An old person; any very conservative, outdated person; dodo: College students today are young fogies (1785+)
  2. A military longevity allowance, awarded for units of service: He got his pension and eight fogies (1881+ Armed forces)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr French fougeux, ''fierce, fiery,'' referring to the doughty spirit of an invalid soldier, whence fogy, ''fierce, fiery,'' found by the 1860s; veteran soldiers were called foggies in the late 1700s, perhaps because they were regarded as moss-covered with age, fog being Scots dialect for ''moss'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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