[ fuhd-ee-duhd-ee, -duhd-ee ]
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noun,plural fud·dy-dud·dies.Also fuddy.
  1. a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.

  2. a person who is fussy or picayune about details; fussbudget.

  1. stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.

  2. fussy; picayune.

Origin of fuddy-duddy

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin

Words Nearby fuddy-duddy

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How to use fuddy-duddy in a sentence

  • The amiable fuddy-duddy playing little politics in Washington became a gentleman of war.

    Gargoyles | Ben Hecht
  • And now he was like the others in the party—an amiable fuddy-duddy.

    Gargoyles | Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for fuddy-duddy


/ (ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ) /

nounplural -dies
  1. informal a person, esp an elderly one, who is extremely conservative or dull

Origin of fuddy-duddy

C20: of uncertain origin

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