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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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fo·gyor 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).]
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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]
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