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[foh-gee] /ˈfoʊ gi/
noun, plural fogies.
an excessively conservative or old-fashioned person, especially one who is intellectually dull (usually preceded by old):
The board of directors were old fogies still living in the 19th century.
Origin of fogy
1770-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
fogyish, adjective
fogyism, noun
Can be confused
foggy, fogy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fogy
  • fogy continued to exhibit these signs as he circled the car counter-clockwise.
  • We have said good-bye to the old fogy school, and farewell alike to its musty dogmas and its rusty-jointed inertness.
  • Old fogy notions of propriety, according to her, did not hamper her in attaining- the goal she was determined to reach.
British Dictionary definitions for fogy


noun (pl) -geys, -gies
an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey)
Derived Forms
fogeyish, fogyish, adjective
fogeyism, fogyism, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for fogy


  1. An old person; any very conservative, outdated person; dodo: College students today are young fogies (1785+)
  2. A military longevity allowance, awarded for units of service: He got his pension and eight fogies (1881+ Armed forces)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr French fougeux, ''fierce, fiery,'' referring to the doughty spirit of an invalid soldier, whence fogy, ''fierce, fiery,'' found by the 1860s; veteran soldiers were called foggies in the late 1700s, perhaps because they were regarded as moss-covered with age, fog being Scots dialect for ''moss'']

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