- 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
Examples from the Web for fogey
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
But when my slightly contemptuous companion spoke I had no answer, felt out of date and dull, a fogey and an idle man.Old Junk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
She said to herself that she was rapidly developing into a fogey, and must rigorously combat the grievous tendency.A Spirit in Prison
- an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey)
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).