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.
Then I asked a 27-yearold colleague to explain something on social media saying: "Sorry, I'm a right old fuddy-duddy."
However, avid readers will also know that, despite being very worldly-wise and sometimes "down with the kids" as they say, I suppose I'm a bit of a fuddy-duddy at heart.
Despite trying to shake off their fuddy-duddy image, more than one in five 50-somethings think young people see them as unadventurous or boring.
In the spirit of full disclosure I should begin by admitting that my own standards may well differ from yours for in recent years I have become an old fuddy-duddy; a veritable Victor Meldrew.
At 35 years of age I must be an old fuddy-duddy with my sense of right and wrong.
At the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy (again!), you shouldn't be thinking in terms of relationships at your age anyway.
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.
Trading her improv-based filmmaking style for a more traditional screenplay-grounded model, Lynn Shelton delivers an uneven mix of half-formed conflicts in "Touchy Feely." 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.
Stephen Fry: Gadget Man C4, 8.30pm The fuddy-duddy QI man is also a geek who'll create a different supergadget each week.
How to tell a 21st century fuddy-duddy: I skip the iOS native app and even this new iPad web app and still read my Times stuff on the web site, even when I'm using the iPad.