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a stodgy, old-fashioned, or excessively conservative person, esp. one who is intellectually dull: She was just an old fogy who wouldn’t let her granddaughter wear an earring in her nose.
Not to be confused with:
foggy – indistinct; bewildered; blurred as if by fog; not clear; vague: I haven’t the foggiest notion of what she meant.; thick with or having much fog; misty: a foggy day in London town.
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or fo·gey (fō′gē)
n. pl. fo·gies or fo·geys
A person of stodgy or old-fashioned habits and attitudes.

[Originally 18th-century slang, invalid soldier, perhaps diminutive (with suffix -y) of earlier fogram, fogy (of unknown origin) or perhaps from Scots foggie, old soldier (possibly from foggie, mossy, covered from moss or lichen, from fog, moss, lichen, from Middle English fogge, grass left uncut in the field for winter grazing; see fog2).]

fo′gy·ish adj.
fo′gy·ism n.
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or fo•gey

(ˈfoʊ gi)

n., pl. -gies or -geys.
an extremely old-fashioned or conservative person (usu. prec. by old).
[1770–80; orig. uncertain]
fo′gy•ish, adj.
fo′gy•ism, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fogy - someone whose style is out of fashion
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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An old-fashioned person who is reluctant to change or innovate:
Informal: stick-in-the-mud.
Slang: square.
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References in classic literature ?
But those are for the most part the learned and all old fogeys, so that it would be almost ill-bred in a man of society.
Why couldn't he have chummed him with Fogey, or Thomkin, or any of the fellows who never do anything but walk round the close, and finish their copies the first day they're set?" But although all this was past, he longed, and felt that he was right in longing, for more time for the legitimate pastimes of cricket, fives, bathing, and fishing, within bounds, in which Arthur could not yet be his companion; and he felt that when the "young un" (as he now generally called him) had found a pursuit and some other friend for himself, he should be able to give more time to the education of his own body with a clear conscience.
Macbeth, and (2) Miss Macbeths; Viscount Paddington, Sir Horace Fogey, Hon.
Who said unadventurous old fogeys? The definition of fogey is "a very old fashioned or conservative person".
And to think, we've just left the EU because it's run by a shower of unelected, out-of-touch old fogeys. This modern, thrusting country of ours is clearly going to do so well on its own.
The rest are old fogeys who want their Shepherd's Pie and their fry-ups and tea and scones and a warm blanket at the cricket.
I have to repaint the picture of myself" Boy George, above, saying he will never appear on reality TV "I am normally clammypalmed with a combination of fear and embarrassment and we end up making a poorly-disguised dash for it, rushing along the carpet blinking blindly into the flashlights, hanging on to each other like a pair of silly old fogeys" Actor Sir David Jason and his wife Gill are no fans of the red carpet "An unprincipled coward with the backbone of an amoeba" Respect MP George Galloway's description of Labour leader Ed Miliband "We have got more than enough grey-faced men in drab suits in politics" Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, saying that TV hosts make ideal ministers
To be truly accepted as a professional body, our members should be required to do CPD --not just the new people but the old fogeys as well, those with the bus tickets.
IT BEGGARS belief anybody still thinks golf is an old fogeys' sport, especially when you take Tiger Woods' former lifestyle into consideration and 23-yearold Rory McIlroy snapping at the heels of the World No 1.
Those out there still of a certain age may roll their eyes at us old fogeys but trust me, there's a lot to be said for appropriate footwear and dry feet.
Instead of a bunch of old fogeys, they've got a group of teenagers, many of whom look as if shaving could be a foreign concept to them.
I suppose you could say we are young fogeys! I met up with an old school friend the other evening and we ended up visiting one of the 'boys' we were in school with.