Etymology
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fog (n.1)

"thick, obscuring mist," 1540s, a back-formation from foggy (which appeared about the same time) or from a Scandinavian source akin to Danish fog "spray, shower, snowdrift," Old Norse fjuk "drifting snow storm." Compare also Old English fuht, Dutch vocht, German Feucht "damp, moist." Figurative phrase in a fog "at a loss what to do" first recorded c. 1600. Fog-lights is from 1962.

fog (n.2)

"long grass, second growth of grass after mowing," late 14c., probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian fogg "long grass in a moist hollow," Icelandic fuki "rotten sea grass." A connection to fog (n.1) via a notion of long grass growing in moist dells of northern Europe is tempting but not proven. Watkins suggests derivation from PIE *pu- (2) "to rot, decay" (see foul (adj.)).

fog (v.)

1590s (transitive), from fog (n.1). Intransitive use from 1849. Related: Fogged; fogging.

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Definitions of fog
1
fog (n.)
droplets of water vapor suspended in the air near the ground;
fog (n.)
an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance;
Synonyms: fogginess / murk / murkiness
fog (n.)
confusion characterized by lack of clarity;
Synonyms: daze / haze
2
fog (v.)
make less visible or unclear;
Synonyms: obscure / befog / becloud / obnubilate / haze over / cloud / mist
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