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Etymology 1[edit]

From fuddle, after fuddy-duddy, but development of meaning unclear. Perhaps from the interjection coined by Pierre Trudeau (see next etymology).


fuddle-duddle (third-person singular simple present fuddle-duddles, present participle fuddle-duddling, simple past and past participle fuddle-duddled)

  1. To depart, to be off.

Etymology 2[edit]

Coined by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former prime minister of Canada, on 16 February 1971 when pressed by television reporters about using profanity in respect to members of Parliament (Canadian House of Commons).



  1. (euphemistic, originally Canada) Fuck! Fuck off!
    • 1971, Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
      What is the nature of your thoughts, gentlemen, when you say “fuddle duddle” or something like that?

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