[ foh-gee ]
/ ˈfoʊ gi /

noun, plural fo·geys.

Nearby words

  1. fogarty,
  2. fogarty catheter,
  3. fogbound,
  4. fogbow,
  5. fogdog,
  6. foggage,
  7. fogged,
  8. fogger,
  9. foggia,
  10. fogging


or fo·gey

[ foh-gee ]
/ ˈfoʊ gi /

noun, plural fo·gies.

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 formsfo·gy·ish, adjectivefo·gy·ism, noun

Can be confusedfoggy fogy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fogey



/ (ˈfəʊɡɪ) /

noun plural -geys or -gies

an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey)
Derived Formsfogeyish or fogyish, adjectivefogeyism or fogyism, noun

Word Origin for fogey

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).

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