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1. dodo, fogey, fogy, fossil

someone whose style is out of fashion

2. fossil

the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil


3. fossil

characteristic of a fossil

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of fossil
a relic, remnant, or representation of an organism that existed in a past geological age, or of the activity of such an organism, occurring in the form of mineralized bones, shells, etc, as casts, impressions, and moulds, and as frozen perfectly preserved organisms
(as modifier)
fossil insects
2. informal, derogatory
a person, idea, thing, etc, that is outdated or incapable of change
(as modifier)
fossil politicians
3. linguistics
a form once current but now appearing only in one or two special contexts, as for example stead, which is found now only in instead (of) and in phrases like in my stead
4. obsolete
any rock or mineral dug out of the earth

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see synonyms of fossil
1.  Obsolete
any rock or mineral dug out of the earth
any hardened remains or imprints of plant or animal life of some previous geologic period, preserved in the earth's crust, including petrified wood and various resins
anything fossilized or like a fossil
a person who is old-fashioned or has outmoded, fixed ideas
of, having the nature of, or forming a fossil or fossils
belonging to the past; unchanged by progress; antiquated

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see synonyms of fossil
1. A remnant or trace of an organism of a past geologic age, such as a skeleton or leaf imprint, embedded and preserved in the earth's crust.
2. One that is outdated or antiquated: He was viewed as a fossil after decades in the same job.
3. Linguistics
a. A word or morpheme that is used only in certain restricted contexts, as kempt in unkempt, but is otherwise obsolete.
b. An archaic syntactic rule or pattern used only in idioms, as so be it.
1. Characteristic of or having the nature of a fossil.
2. Being or similar to a fossil.
3. Belonging to the past; antiquated.

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