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foggy

[fog-ee, faw-gee] /ˈfɒg i, ˈfɔ gi/
adjective, foggier, foggiest.
1.
thick with or having much fog; misty:
a foggy valley; a foggy spring day.
2.
covered or enveloped as if with fog:
a foggy mirror.
3.
blurred or obscured as if by fog; not clear; vague:
I haven't the foggiest notion of where she went.
4.
bewildered; perplexed.
5.
Photography. affected by fog.
Origin of foggy
1520-1530
1520-30; fog2 + -y1; orig. meaning marshy, thick, murky
Related forms
foggily, adverb
fogginess, noun
unfoggy, adjective
Can be confused
foggy, fogy.
Synonyms
3. fuzzy, hazy, dim, murky, muddled.
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  • "The natives haven't the foggiest idea of hygiene," said the doctor finally.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • And I went there without the foggiest idea of indulging in the tender pash.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • About half-past three we went into the street, without the foggiest notion where we would find our next quarters.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • When "Dr. Blitz" and his "sons" went ashore it was the foggiest kind of a Christmas morning.

  • Have you got the foggiest idea of what in hell she's yammering about?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • Fanny had the foggiest idea of what it was, though she noticed that it roughened his hands and stained them.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • Should he tell her that he was not her husband, that he didnt have the foggiest notion of who he was?

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • McGee put the question to a dozen officers, and not one of them had the foggiest notion of where he was going.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for foggiest

foggy

/ˈfɒɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
thick with fog
2.
obscure or confused
3.
another word for fogged
4.
not the foggiest, not the foggiest idea, not the foggiest notion, no idea whatsoever: I haven't the foggiest
Derived Forms
foggily, adverb
fogginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for foggiest

foggy

adj.

1540s, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, or formed from fog (n.1) + -y (2). Foggy Bottom "U.S. Department of State," from the name of a marshy region of Washington, D.C., where many federal buildings are (also with a suggestion of political murkiness) popularized 1947 by James Reston in "New York Times," but he said it had been used earlier by Edward Folliard of "The Washington Post."

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