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fuddy-duddy

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

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for fuddy-duddy

fuddy-duddy
/ (ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ) /

noun plural -dies
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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