fud·​dy-dud·​dy ˈfə-dē-ˌdə-dē How to pronounce fuddy-duddy (audio)
plural fuddy-duddies
: one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative
fuddy-duddy adjective

Examples of fuddy-duddy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The good news is that for every fuddy-duddy like myself who can’t seem to get on board with crowdfunding kids’ lives, there are twice as many generous, kind-hearted individuals willing to give a little—or a lot—toward schools, sports, and charities. Melissa Willets, Parents, 3 Feb. 2024 Another group of screenwriters have mocked Ms. Lombardini online as a fuddy-duddy who hangs out at chain restaurants, the taunt being that no Hollywood person would be caught dead in one. John Koblin, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 And that’s part of what the Oscars, in their slightly fuddy-duddy way, can do: confer respectability on popular movies that represent groundbreaking achievement. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 12 Mar. 2023

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuddy-duddy was in 1868

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“Fuddy-duddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuddy-duddy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural fuddy-duddies
: a person who is old-fashioned, very cautious, or fussy

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