foggy vs logy what difference

what is difference between foggy and logy



From fog +‎ -y, originally in the sense “covered with tall grass; marshy; thick”. It is not clear whether fog (mist) is a back-formation from foggy (covered with tall, obscuring grass) or has a separate Germanic origin, and hence whether foggy (covered with tall grass) and foggy (obscured by mist) represent one word or two. See fog (“mist”; “tall grass”) for more.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɒɡi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɡi


foggy (comparative foggier, superlative foggiest)

  1. Obscured by mist or fog; unclear; hazy
  2. (figuratively) Confused, befuddled, etc.
  3. Being, covered with, or pertaining to fog (tall grass etc that grows after, or is left after, cutting; moss)
    • 1680, Leonard Mascall, The government of cattel. Divided into three books, etc, page 221:
      For they will feed on foggy grass and such like. Also ye shall understand that horses and Cattel may not well be foddered in Winter all together, but []
    • 1772, William Ellis, Husbandry, abriged, page 98:
      [] for as he shuts up his meadow at Christmas, leaves such foggy grass behind, and manures well, in case a wet hot summer succeeds, []
    • 1808, John Stagg, Miscellaneous Poems, Some of which are in the Cumberland and Scottish Dialects, page 143:
      See swingin’ owr the foggy swaird, Begrac’d wi’ angel features, []

Derived terms

  • fogginess




Etymology 1

Attested from the 19th century, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Dutch log (heavy, dull).

Alternative forms

  • logey


  • IPA(key): /ˈloʊɡi/


logy (comparative logier, superlative logiest)

  1. Slow to respond or react; lethargic.
    • 1910, “Duck Eats Yeast,” The Yakima Herald:
      Perkins discovered his prize duck in a logy condition.
    • 1956. “I was still logy with sleep; I shook my head to try to clear it”. Double Star. Robert Heinlein
      The steering seems logy, you have to turn the wheel well before you want to turn.

Etymology 2

Nominalization of the -logy suffix.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /lədʒɪ/


logy (plural logies)

  1. A term formed with the -logy suffix.
    • 1856, Joseph Young, Demonology; or, the Scripture doctrine of Devils, page 372:
      The many Logies and Isms that have lately come into vogue.


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