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[fog-ee, faw-gee] /ˈfɒg i, ˈfɔ gi/
adjective, foggier, foggiest.
thick with or having much fog; misty:
a foggy valley; a foggy spring day.
covered or enveloped as if with fog:
a foggy mirror.
blurred or obscured as if by fog; not clear; vague:
I haven't the foggiest notion of where she went.
bewildered; perplexed.
Photography. affected by fog.
Origin of foggy
1520-30; fog2 + -y1; orig. meaning marshy, thick, murky
Related forms
foggily, adverb
fogginess, noun
unfoggy, adjective
Can be confused
foggy, fogy.
3. fuzzy, hazy, dim, murky, muddled. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foggy
  • Bring some warm clothes, since mornings and evenings are often foggy.
  • Depending on where you live, the weather this month can be hot and sunny or cool and foggy.
  • It was that infernal stuff which led to my coming here,-that, and a foggy night.
  • It is as if someone said that there are fairies in the bottom of their garden, but they can only be seen on dark, foggy nights.
  • Landscape of desolate shoreline in the foggy morning light.
  • The foggy night is the visible universe, and the clear day is all the universe- visible and beyond.
  • Imagine that the balloon was foggy until it reached a particular size, then the fog cleared.
  • The view would no doubt have been spectacular, but it was obscured by foggy drizzle.
  • Cloudy, foggy and precipitating days significantly reduce energy production.
  • Lichens and mosses fed by the persistent cool and foggy conditions had grown over everything.
British Dictionary definitions for foggy


(photog) affected or obscured by fog


adjective -gier, -giest
thick with fog
obscure or confused
another word for fogged
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 foggy

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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