fogey


fogey
fogey (n.) also fogy, "an old, dull fellow," 1780, Scottish foggie, originally "army pensioner or veteran," perhaps connected to fogram (1775) "old-fashioned person;" or from fog in obsolete senses of "moss" or "bloated fat" (1580s).

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  • fogey — fogey, fogy This occurs mainly in the expressions old (and now also young) fogey. Fogy was formerly the dominant spelling; Thackeray and Charles Kingsley, for example, wrote about old fogies, implying a singular form fogy. But with the more… …   Modern English usage

  • Fogey — Fo gey, n. See {Fogy}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fogey — (also fogy) ► NOUN (pl. fogeys or fogies) ▪ a very old fashioned or conservative person. DERIVATIVES fogeydom noun fogeyish adjective fogeyism noun. ORIGIN related to earlier slang fogram, of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • fogey — [fō′gē] n. pl. fogeys FOGY …   English World dictionary

  • fogey — UK [ˈfəʊɡɪ] / US [ˈfoʊɡɪ] noun [countable] Word forms fogey : singular fogey plural fogeys informal a boring old fashioned person • See: old fogey …   English dictionary

  • fogey — [[t]fo͟ʊgi[/t]] fogies, fogeys (plural) N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a fogey or an old fogey, you mean that they are boring and old fashioned. [INFORMAL] I don t want to sound like I m some old fogy. (in AM usually use, and in …   English dictionary

  • fogey — noun plural fogeys or fogies (C) someone who has old fashioned ideas and dislikes change : old fogey: Don t be such an old fogey! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fogey — Fogy Fo gy, n.; pl. {Fogies}. 1. A dull old fellow; a person behind the times, over conservative, or slow; usually preceded by old; an {old fogy}. [Written also {fogie} and {fogey}.] [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Notorious old bore; regular old fogy.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fogey — fo|gey fogy [ˈfəugi US ˈfou ] n plural fogeys or fogies someone who has old fashioned ideas and does not like change ▪ You re turning into a real old fogey ! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fogey — fo|gey [ fougi ] noun count INFORMAL a boring old fashioned person => OLD FOGEY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English