fog·​gy | \ˈfȯ-gē, ˈfä-\
foggier; foggiest

Definition of foggy 

1a : filled or abounding with fog

b : covered or made opaque by moisture or grime

2 : blurred or obscured as if by fog hadn't the foggiest notion

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Other Words from foggy

foggily \ ˈfȯ-​gə-​lē , ˈfä-​ \ adverb
fogginess \ ˈfȯ-​gē-​nəs , ˈfä-​ \ noun

Examples of foggy in a Sentence

I don't remember what her name was—my memory is a little foggy. it's pretty foggy outside, so be careful driving home

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Japanese media quoted witnesses as saying the helicopter was flying extremely low in foggy weather before the crash. Fox News, "All 9 aboard rescue chopper crashed in Japan confirmed dead," 11 Aug. 2018 The legislation allows for places like Sacramento with comparatively large yards and hot, dry summers to use more water outdoors than in foggy coastal regions where yards are small and cool weather lessens the need to water as much. Ryan Sabalow And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "No, Californians, you won't be fined $1,000 if you shower and do laundry the same day," 6 June 2018 As the Sutro neighbors predicted in their fight against the drive-ins, foggy nights impacted the economics. Peter Hartlaub,, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Along the rocky inlets and foggy harbors of Maine, the Coast Guard maintains about 100 large buoys that use heavy brass gongs and bells to help guide mariners to port in the worst weather. David Abel,, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question: What happened to the village? Fox News, "Explore an abandoned Chinese village now engulfed by nature," 6 June 2018 Justify ran away with the Preakness win under foggy conditions at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. Nihal Kolur,, "When is the Belmont Stakes?," 21 May 2018 When foggy wind passes through your typical netting, most of it flows through the holes between the strands. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Wanna Pull Water Out of Air? Grab Some Ions or a Weird Sponge," 8 June 2018 The foggy, ridiculous idea came to him that the world had ended, that some apocalypse had swept through and forgotten only him. Rebecca Makkai,, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of foggy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for foggy

earlier, spongy, marshy, thick, probably from fog second growth of grass, from Middle English fogge

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English Language Learners Definition of foggy

: having or filled with fog

: covered with small drops of water

: not clear : vague or confused


fog·​gy | \ˈfȯ-gē, ˈfä-\
foggier; foggiest

Kids Definition of foggy

1 : filled with fog a foggy morning

2 : unsure or confused My memory is foggy.

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