foggy (adj.) 1540s, perhaps from a Scandinavian source, or formed from FOG (Cf. fog) (1) + -Y (Cf. -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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  • Foggy — Fog gy, a. [Compar. {Foggier}; superl. {Foggiest}.] [From 4th {Fog}.] 1. Filled or abounding with fog, or watery exhalations; misty; as, a foggy atmosphere; a foggy morning. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Beclouded; dull; obscure; as, foggy ideas. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foggy — index indistinct, nebulous, opaque, unclear Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • foggy — [adj] hazy, obscure blurred, ceiling zero*, closed in, clouded, cloudy, dark, dim, filmy, fogged in, fuzzy, gray, indistinct, misty, murky, mushy, nebulous, pea soupy*, smazy, smoggy, socked in*, soupy*, unclear, vague, vaporous, vapory, zero… …   New thesaurus

  • foggy — ► ADJECTIVE (foggier, foggiest) 1) full of or accompanied by fog. 2) confused. ● not have the foggiest (idea) Cf. ↑not have the foggiest idea ORIGIN perhaps from fog grass …   English terms dictionary

  • foggy — [fôg′ē, fäg′ē] adj. foggier, foggiest 1. full of fog; misty; murky 2. dim; blurred; clouded 3. confused; perplexed foggily adv. fogginess n …   English World dictionary

  • foggy — UK [ˈfɒɡɪ] / US [ˈfɔɡɪ] adjective Word forms foggy : adjective foggy comparative foggier superlative foggiest 1) full of fog or covered with fog It was too foggy to drive. a foggy day 2) confused because you cannot think or see clearly foggy with …   English dictionary

  • foggy — fog|gy [ fɔgi ] adjective 1. ) full of FOG or covered with fog: It was too foggy to drive anywhere. a foggy day 2. ) confused because you cannot think or see clearly: foggy with: Still foggy with sleep, she groped her way down the hall. 3. ) not… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • foggy — fog|gy [ˈfɔgi US ˈfa:gi, ˈfo:gi] adj 1.) if the weather is foggy, there is fog ▪ a foggy day in November ▪ driving in foggy conditions 2.) not have the foggiest (idea) spoken to not know at all ▪ None of us had the foggiest idea about how to put… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • foggy — foggily, adv. fogginess, n. /fog ee, faw gee/, adj., 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… …   Universalium

  • foggy — [[t]fɒ̱gi[/t]] foggier, foggiest 1) ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ When it is foggy, there is fog. It s quite foggy now... Conditions were damp and foggy after morning sleet. 2) PHRASE: V inflects (emphasis) If you say that you haven t the… …   English dictionary