AskDefine | Define mossback

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mossback n : an extremely old-fashioned conservative

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  1. A turtle that, because of its age, has a growth of algae on its back
  2. In the context of "by extension": A very conservative or reactionary person, especially one with old-fashioned views

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Methuselah, antediluvian, antique, back number, backwoodsman, bumpkin, clodhopper, conservationist, conservatist, conservative, dad, diehard, dodo, elder, fogy, fossil, fud, fuddy-duddy, granny, has-been, hayseed, hick, hillbilly, laudator temporis acti, longhair, matriarch, mid-Victorian, old believer, old crock, old dodo, old fogy, old liner, old man, old poop, old school, old woman, old-timer, patriarch, pop, pops, provincial, reactionary, regular old fogy, relic, right-winger, rightist, square, standpat, standpatter, starets, stick-in-the-mud, traditionalist, ultraconservative, yokel
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