Definition of fuddy-duddy in English:



  • A person who is old-fashioned and fussy.

    ‘he probably thinks I'm an old fuddy-duddy’
    • ‘You can't get a real idea of the noise and the atmosphere, and that's no exaggeration or an old fuddy-duddy thinking that everything was better in the good old days.’
    • ‘At a time when women had an uncertain place in the world and were expected to keep it, and in an age when princesses were supposed to be respected and respectable, Margaret was far too restless to be a fuddy-duddy stay-at-home.’
    • ‘After her victory she said: ‘I think it's often said that we are portrayed as a party of fuddy-duddies but I want to go on as a modernising candidate.’’
    • ‘And before the fuddy-duddy brigade rushes to condemn the idea as a recipe for teen troubles, just pause for thought and view the project in terms of business for shop owners.’
    • ‘For one thing, his staid demeanour and the conservatism of his dress and habits might have led one to suppose that he was a fuddy-duddy, set in his ways and hostile to change.’
    • ‘Perhaps I'm turning into a bit of a fuddy-duddy boring would-rather-stay-at-home kind of guy.’
    • ‘It has been widely reported that the select committee report calls for a greater liberalisation of Britain's drug law, and that the old fuddy-duddies in the government won't go for it.’
    • ‘Some of the fuddy-duddy rules and regulations perhaps have eased, and we could do with encouraging more youngsters, but we have kept the essence of the game as it always was.’
    • ‘He is, for lack of a better word, a complete fuddy-duddy.’
    • ‘‘The countryside as a concept was abhorrent to most young people because it was associated with fuddy-duddies, parents and nothing to do,’ the survey said.’
    • ‘In the market where these contemporary artists ply their trade, the age-old discipline of drawing human figures is considered a rather fuddy-duddy exercise.’
    • ‘Lamenting its loss makes me sound like a fuddy-duddy.’
    • ‘Although some librarians are thought to be among buyers of the model, others claim it perpetuates a fuddy-duddy stereotype.’
    • ‘These are the sort of thoughts my grandfather might have had fifty years ago, and he was something of an anachronistic fuddy-duddy even then.’
    • ‘Apparently the constitution is just for stick-in-the-mud old white fuddy-duddies.’
    • ‘Of course, Harry would be vilified by conservative Christians and other fuddy-duddies.’
    • ‘I didn't want to appear like a holier-than-thou fuddy-duddy so I made pleasant small talk with Tonya's date as though I approved of these sort of shenanigans.’
    • ‘Can a fine-dining restaurant in Minneapolis succeed if they ignore the all-important fuddy-duddy demographic?’
    • ‘But then this president seems to feel he ought to be able to act pretty much as he pleases anyway, never mind those fuddy-duddies on Capitol Hill.’
    • ‘An interesting story, no doubt - but rather incomplete without some discussion of the fact that the fuddy-duddies turned out to be right.’
    fogy, conservative, traditionalist, conformist
    museum piece, fossil, dinosaur, troglodyte
    stick-in-the-mud, square, stuffed shirt, back number, dodo
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Early 20th century (originally dialect): of unknown origin.