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old fogy

or old fogey

a person who is excessively old-fashioned in attitude, ideas, manners, etc.
Origin of old fogy
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
old-fogyish, old-fogeyish, adjective


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.
First recorded in 1770-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
fogyish, adjective
fogyism, noun
Can be confused
foggy, fogy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for old fogy
Historical Examples
  • Even if old fogy did study with Hummel, is that any reason why we should be bored by the fact?

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Let me hasten to negative the report that I was ever a pupil of old fogy.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • I am become such an old fogy that I am amazed at your spirit.

  • The "Clarion," for that was to be its name, was to have nothing "old fogy" about it.

  • He was too old fogy, said Slinkie, to make good in the West.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • And you—you only graduated at Yale, an old fogy mediæval institution!

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • He called himself an old fogy, and wished he might be twenty years younger.

    The Spectacle Man Mary F. Leonard
  • Be that as it may, the modern Brindaban said to his old fogy of a father: ‘I am off.’

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
  • Besides, you are an old fogy, Sam—you are out of date, moth-eaten.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • Would you have thought the old fogy capable of acting like this?

    Two Poets Honore de Balzac
Slang definitions & phrases for old fogy

old fogy

noun phrase

An old person, esp a man who clings to old-fashioned ways

Related Terms


[first form 1790+, second 1899+; of fuddy-duddy, origin unknown]



  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 An old person; any very conservative, outdated person; dodo: College students today are young fogies (1785+)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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