old fogey

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In 1811, an Old Fogey was a nickname for an invalid, wounded soldier; derived from the French word fougueux (fierce or fiery).

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old fogey ‎(plural old fogies)

  1. (idiomatic) Old and over-conservative person.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “28”, in Babbitt:
      "No; the Athletic. Tell you: Course they're always asking me to join the Union, but I always say, 'No, sir! Nothing doing!' I don't mind the expense but I can't stand all the old fogies."

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