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. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is said to be connected with the German vogt, a guard or protector. By others it is regarded as a diminutive of folk (cf. D. volkje). It is defined by Jamieson, in his Scottish Dictionary, as ``an invalid or garrison soldier,'' and is applied to the old soldiers of the Royal Hospital at Dublin, which is called the Fogies' Hospital. In the fixed habits of such persons we see the origin of the present use of the term. --Sir F. Head. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) In the United States service, extra pay granted to officers for length of service. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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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 — (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) …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 — 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

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