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moldy fig

noun, Slang.
a musician or fan who likes traditional jazz or Dixieland rather than modern jazz.
any person or thing that is old-fashioned or conservative.
Origin of moldy fig
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50
Related forms
moldy-fig, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a doorway beside the moldy fig, opening on a flight of steps running to an apartment above the bar.

    Modus Vivendi Gordon Randall Garrett
Slang definitions & phrases for moldy fig

moldy fig


: my moldy-fig tastes

noun phrase

  1. A prude; pedant
  2. A person who prefers traditional jazz to the more modern styles: Barry Ulanov and Rudi Blesh hit upon the idea of having a battle of styles, Moldy Figs vs Moderns (1940s+ Bop & cool talk)
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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