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fuddy-duddy

[fuhd-ee-duhd-ee, -duhd-ee]
noun, plural fud·dy-dud·dies. Also fud·dy.
  1. a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.
  2. a person who is fussy or picayune about details; fussbudget.
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adjective
  1. stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.
  2. fussy; picayune.
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Origin of fuddy-duddy

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin; compare dial. (Cumberland) duddy-fuddiel a ragged fellow
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Historical Examples

  • Not until he was well past Eldorado did he overtake Duddy and Fuddy and the trap.

    The Little Lady of the Big House

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for fuddy

fuddy-duddy

noun plural -dies
  1. informal a person, esp an elderly one, who is extremely conservative or dull
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Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuddy

fuddy-duddy

n.

"old-fashioned person," 1871, American English, of uncertain origin.

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