Definition of vieux jeu in English:

vieux jeu

adjective

  • Old-fashioned; hackneyed:

    ‘a joke that was vieux jeu even in my day’
    • ‘Nietzsche wrote somewhere that when you show people something true they sometimes behave as if it were old hat - vieux jeu - and accuse you of peddling platitudes.’
    • ‘Kidnapping in the Concert Hall seems distinctly vieux jeu.’
    • ‘But the bland vieux jeu flavor of this Whig story is made piquant by the theoretical gloss Rorty and Vattimo provide - a gloss certainly not found in Gibbon or Hume.’
    • ‘By this date, also the putative period of Emma, caro sposo would be very vieux jeu - rather like someone in the 1990s resurrecting trendy jargon from the swinging sixties (‘Cool, man!’).’
    • ‘As staged at the Donmar Warehouse, Accidental Death is often funny, but seems pointless - vieux jeu.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the topic seems these days somewhat outmoded, old hat, vieux jeu.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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Origin

French, literally old game.

Pronunciation:

vieux jeu

/vjəː ˈʒəː/