Crossword clues for fogey
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fogy \Fo"gy\, n.; pl. Fogies.
Notorious old bore; regular old fogy.
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.
(Mil.) In the United States service, extra pay granted to officers for length of service. [Colloq.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also fogy, "an old, dull fellow," 1780, Scottish foggie, originally "army pensioner or veteran," perhaps connected to fogram (1772) "old-fashioned," also "old-fashioned person;" or from fog (n.2) in an obsolete senses of "moss," or from foggy "bloated, fat" (1520s), which perhaps is an extended sense of fog (n.2). Related: Fogeydom; fogeyish; fogeyism.
alt. A dull old fellow; a person behind the times, over-conservative, or slow – usually preceded by old. n. A dull old fellow; a person behind the times, over-conservative, or slow – usually preceded by old.
Usage examples of "fogey".
He could not make them understand that he was a crotchety old fogey of twenty-eight, that he belonged to another generation, another era, another world, that having a good time bored him and was not worth the effort, and that they bored him, too.
As for the children, his own young people would get at them and learn all about what was going on in a way that no fogey like himself could.
Nedda--he had caught her looking at that young fellow just as Anne had once looked at him, John Freeland, now an official fogey, an umbrella in a stand.
He was truly so much of an old fogey now in the society of which he had once been such a distinguished ornament that his disappearance was long unnoticed.
The members of the Fogey Club opposite, hearing that so interesting a foundling was being cherished by their opponents, politely asked leave to examine him, and he occasionally visited them.
There was a general impression that English honor was at stake, and the previous Fogey Government had ordered an expedition to cross the desert and punish the sheikh.
They are stupid old fogeys, but they are better than nobody, especially as that handsome governess of the girls always comes with them to be looked at.
Since the event horizon of a black hole is quite different at hyperspeed, Fogey may now be a coat of paint on the body, or his ship may have dispersed into free atoms floating around space, or himself, ship, and crew may be wandering around in an alternate universe trying to figure out what happened.
Look at the two old fogeys with their heads together, snickering like fools!
Square-dancing was old-fashioned, for old fogeys who lived in the past.
How are ye, y'old fogey, still grouchin' an' throwin' orders around like they're goin' out of style?
She pictured him as an old fogey with a white walrus mustache and a Gilbert-and-Sullivan uniform.