- a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.
- a person who is fussy or picayune about details; fussbudget.
- stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.
- fussy; picayune.
Origin of fuddy-duddy
First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin; compare dial. (Cumberland) duddy-fuddiel a ragged fellow
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Not until he was well past Eldorado did he overtake Duddy and Fuddy and the trap.The Little Lady of the Big House
- informal a person, esp an elderly one, who is extremely conservative or dull
Word Origin for fuddy-duddy
C20: of uncertain origin
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"old-fashioned person," 1871, American English, of uncertain origin.
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