fuddy-duddy


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fud·dy-dud·dy

 (fŭd′ē-dŭd′ē)
n. pl. fud·dy-dud·dies
An old-fashioned, fussy person.

[Origin unknown.]

fuddy-duddy

(ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ)
n, pl -dies
informal a person, esp an elderly one, who is extremely conservative or dull
[C20: of uncertain origin]

fud•dy-dud•dy

(ˈfʌd iˌdʌd i, -ˈdʌd i)

n., pl. -dud•dies,
adj. n.
1. a person who is stuffy, old-fashioned, and conservative.
2. a person who is fussy or picayune about details; fussbudget.
adj.
3. stuffy; old-fashioned.
4. fussy.
Also, fud′dy.
[1900–05; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fuddy-duddy - a conservative who is old-fashioned or dull in attitude or appearance; "you may accuse me of being and old fuddy-duddy trying to stop young people having fun"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
conservative, conservativist - a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas

fuddy-duddy

noun (Informal) conservative, square (informal), dinosaur, fossil, dodo (informal), museum piece, stick-in-the-mud (informal), stuffed shirt (informal), back number (informal), (old) fogey We didn't want all those old fuddy-duddies around.

fuddy-duddy

noun
An old-fashioned person who is reluctant to change or innovate:
Informal: stick-in-the-mud.
Slang: square.
Translations

fuddy-duddy

[ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ]
A. ADJ (= old) → viejo; (= old-fashioned) → chapado a la antigua
B. Ncarroza mf

fuddy-duddy

[ˈfʌdidʌdi] n (pejorative)vieux schnock (vieille)mf

fuddy-duddy

(inf)
nkomischer Kauz (inf); an old fuddy-duddyein alter Kauz

fuddy-duddy

[ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ] n (pej) → parruccone m
References in classic literature ?
At the enunciation of the aspirate, Fuddy-Duddy, the incapable terrapin, came to a dead halt, and before the vowel had died away up the ravine had folded up all his eight legs and lain down in the dusty road, regardless of the effect upon his derned skin.
Indeed these days I use terms like fuddy-duddy without apology and it takes less to outrage me than it once did.
The WI's fuddy-duddy 'jam and Jerusalem' image changed forever in 1999, when a group of Yorkshire ladies posed nude for a charity calendar and their story became the hit Hollywood movie Calendar Girls.
At 35 years of age I must be an old fuddy-duddy with my sense of right and wrong.
No doubt many will regard me as an old fuddy-duddy, that it is ideas, creativity that really counts, not how you read and write correctly.
I DON'T want to be an old fuddy-duddy but you're only 12 and have years of falling in love and falling out of love ahead of you.
Set in her hometown of Seattle, this mystifying dramedy involves a masseuse who develops an unexplained repulsion toward human skin, a fuddy-duddy dentist spontaneously granted the healing touch, and a handful of others affected by a sudden energy shift in their lives.
30pm The fuddy-duddy QI man is also a geek who'll create a different supergadget each week.
Work with a local tailor to turn fuddy-duddy into fabulous with new necklines, sleeves, or hems.
Call me an old fuddy-duddy if you must, but all I want for breakfast is a big juicy crumpet, a pot of Twinings and the latest news on the War on Terror.