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fuddy-duddy

[fuhd-ee-duhd-ee, -duhd-ee]
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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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Related Words for fuddy-duddy

square, fogy, stick-in-the-mud, granny, fusspot, dotard, fussbudget

British Dictionary definitions for fuddy-duddy

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 for fuddy-duddy

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuddy-duddy

n.

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

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