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[fog-ee, faw-gee] /ˈfɒg i, ˈfɔ gi/
adjective, foggier, foggiest.
thick with or having much fog; misty:
a foggy valley; a foggy spring day.
covered or enveloped as if with fog:
a foggy mirror.
blurred or obscured as if by fog; not clear; vague:
I haven't the foggiest notion of where she went.
bewildered; perplexed.
Photography. affected by fog.
Origin of foggy
1520-30; fog2 + -y1; orig. meaning marshy, thick, murky
Related forms
foggily, adverb
fogginess, noun
unfoggy, adjective
Can be confused
foggy, fogy.
3. fuzzy, hazy, dim, murky, muddled. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for foggy
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  • But our foggy English climate and stodgy people call for it.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • She took me down, to the sea gate at the end of a warm, still, foggy day.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He had prepared his sermon on those three foggy days that began the week.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • It was pitch dark, foggy as ever, and the tide a-risin' fast.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But these memories are all foggy and mixed with dreams and nightmares.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for foggy


adjective -gier, -giest
thick with fog
obscure or confused
another word for fogged
not the foggiest, not the foggiest idea, not the foggiest notion, no idea whatsoever: I haven't the foggiest
Derived Forms
foggily, adverb
fogginess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foggy

1540s, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, or formed from fog (n.1) + -y (2). Foggy Bottom "U.S. Department of State," from the name of a marshy region of Washington, D.C., where many federal buildings are (also with a suggestion of political murkiness) popularized 1947 by James Reston in "New York Times," but he said it had been used earlier by Edward Folliard of "The Washington Post."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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