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or fogey

[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.

old fogy

or old fogey

a person who is excessively old-fashioned in attitude, ideas, manners, etc.
Related forms
old-fogyish, old-fogeyish, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for old fogey
Historical Examples
  • Still greedy for conquest, even though it is only an old fogey?

    The Quiver 3/1900 Anonymous
  • In this way this old fogey thought to stroke my beard with honey, as the Germans say.

    The Last Miracle M. P. Shiel
  • I came here to look after the estate, and here I have grown old—an old fogey, in fact.

  • Why should she be bored with an old fogey, while there were young ones in the party?

  • But he was fifty, and beginning to feel himself an old fogey, as he confessed.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • A boy of sixteen isn't going to be bear-led by an old fogey like Joynson.

  • In all probability however, she in the brightness of her youth looked upon him as quite an old fogey.

  • But Mr Gilchrist is an ‘old fogey,’ and he has not helped but hindered matters, now and then.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • One day a gentleman of the old fogey school blundered into the wrong shop.

  • He clung to the manners of his youth and the younger wives called him an old fogey and smiled when his name was mentioned.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
Slang definitions & phrases for old fogey

old fogy

noun phrase

An old person, esp a man who clings to old-fashioned ways

Related Terms


[first form 1790+, second 1899+; of fuddy-duddy, origin unknown]



  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 An old person; any very conservative, outdated person; dodo: College students today are young fogies (1785+)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'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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