fuddy-duddy
noun (plural -dies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1904 one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative • fuddy-duddy adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fuddy-duddy — ► NOUN (pl. fuddy duddies) informal ▪ a person who is very old fashioned and pompous. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — [fud′ē dud΄ē] n. pl. fuddy duddies [redupl., prob. based on dial. fud, buttocks] Informal 1. a fussy, critical person 2. an old fashioned person …   English World dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — old fashioned person, 1871, Amer.Eng., of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — [n] fussy person fussbudget, fusspot*, old fogy*, old geezer*, old poop*, square*, stick in the mud*, stuffed shirt*; concept 423 …   New thesaurus

  • fuddy-duddy — [[t]fʌ̱di dʌdi[/t]] fuddy duddies N COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a fuddy duddy, you are criticizing or making fun of them because they are old fashioned in their appearance or attitudes. [OLD FASHIONED] He didn t want all those… …   English dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — fud|dy dud|dy [ˈfʌdi ˌdʌdi] n plural fuddy duddies [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Perhaps from fussy + dad or dud] someone who has old fashioned ideas and attitudes ▪ You re such an old fuddy duddy ! >fuddy duddy adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fuddy-duddy — UK [ˈfʌdɪˌdʌdɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms fuddy duddy : singular fuddy duddy plural fuddy duddies informal someone who has old fashioned attitudes and is rather boring …   English dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — informal a fuddy duddy someone who has old fashioned ideas and dresses in an old fashioned way. His ideas were irrelevant, boring and fuddy duddy …   New idioms dictionary

  • fuddy-duddy — noun (C) someone who has old fashioned ideas and attitudes: You re such an old fuddy duddy. Most women wear trousers these days! fuddy duddy adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fuddy-duddy — {n.} A person whose ideas and habits are old fashioned. * /His students think Professor Jones is an old fuddy duddy./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fuddy-duddy — {n.} A person whose ideas and habits are old fashioned. * /His students think Professor Jones is an old fuddy duddy./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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