fo·​gy ˈfō-gē How to pronounce fogy (audio)
variants or less commonly fogey
plural fogies also fogeys
: a person with old-fashioned ideas
usually used with old
fogyish adjective
or fogeyish
fogyism noun
or fogeyism

Examples of fogy in a Sentence

old fogies who said that rap music would never last
Recent Examples on the Web The parents—a dapper young fogy with ramrod posture and a soulful, slightly rumpled bluestocking—stand behind two tidy little girls in matching sailor suits. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Young people with the right stuff can be far more resilient than we old fogies suspect. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 25 Feb. 2023 Consequently, throughout the 1970s and ’80s Wilson was viewed as a Tory, a young fogy. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 There’s a lot of this comedy at an old fogy’s expense. Ron Charles critic, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2019 Can two old fogies of the media landscape reunite and grow, as the market rapidly consolidates and moves online? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 13 Aug. 2019 Old fogies might be tempted to use a browser bookmark to remember their place, but Google has a new name for this: Collections. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 24 Sep. 2018 Even the suits, fogies and aging rebels at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were reluctant to acknowledge the movement, failing to induct Yes until earlier this year. John Adamian,, 2 Aug. 2017 Mr. Cameron, who favors staying in Europe, hoped the referendum could be framed as thrusting modernists versus nostalgic old fogies. Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2016 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fogy was in 1792

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“Fogy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also fogey
plural fogies also fogeys
: a person with old-fashioned ideas
usually used with old

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