Definition of fogey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊɡi/
(also fogy)

noun (plural fogeys or fogies)

A very old-fashioned or conservative person: a bunch of old fogeys
More example sentences
  • Why else would I be cheering on self-promoting snakes like Morgan and reactionary fogeys like Moore?
  • This Charles question is not really about him being a fogey with hopelessly reactionary ideas.
  • No philosopher would jettison Plato just because it's old fashioned, nor would anyone mock the old fogy Whitman.



Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊɡɪdəm/
Example sentences
  • Oh, well, I watch Teletubbies to relax, so no fogeydom in my future.
  • It's not a perception he wants to encourage at the age of 38, which is verging on old fogeydom in the rarefied world of cutting-edge math.
  • ‘The soccer was never sold out when I was a kid,’ I said, lunging irrevocably into the world of fogydom the instant the words left my lips.


Example sentences
  • ‘I'm really fogeyish about this,’ she replies.
  • The stereotype is an elderly, fogeyish male, blissfully ignorant of the everyday concerns of people who appear before him.
  • Two months ago, when the change was announced, a fogeyish campaign was mounted to save the theme.


Example sentences
  • We had started to think that this creeping fogeyism had something to do with the fact that Collings' own paintings are being ignored.
  • And to start generalising about the supposed shortcomings of the next generation is an unmistakable symptom of fogeyism.
  • And sometimes there's a flash of the old comic vigour, oddly transformed by creeping fogeyism.


Late 18th century: related to earlier slang fogram, of unknown origin.

  • This word for an old-fashioned or narrow-minded person is first found in the late 18th century, in Scots use. It is related to an earlier slang term fogram, and may be connected with foggy in the senses ‘flabby, bloated’ or ‘moss-grown’. In the 1980s young fogeys appeared—young people noticeable for their conservative tastes and ideas. The phrase is first recorded as far back as 1909, but became popular with the publication of The Young Fogey Handbook in 1985.

Words that rhyme with fogey

bogey, bogie, dogie, hoagie, stogy, yogi

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