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[fuhz] /fʌz/
loose, light, fibrous, or fluffy matter.
a mass or coating of such matter:
the fuzz on a peach.
Slang. a man's very short haircut, similar to a crew cut.
a blur:
That photo is all fuzz.
a distorted sound from an electric musical instrument, especially a guitar, produced by means of an electronic device.
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become blurred or unclear (sometimes followed by up or out):
He fuzzed up the plot line with a lot of emotional nonsense. The image fuzzed and then disappeared.
Origin of fuzz1
1595-1605; compare Dutch voos 'spongy, woolly'


[fuhz] /fʌz/
noun, plural fuzz, fuzzes for 2. Slang.
the police; police officers collectively.
a police officer or detective.
First recorded in 1925-30; of uncertain origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • No, my dear fuzz, I shall have no time to tell you how busy I am.

    Tom and Some Other Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The moon rested on its little head and made its fuzz of hair a halo.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The clamp strap ways should be kept clean and free from the fuzz from the cuttings and thick oil.

    Paper-Cutting Machines Niel, Jr., Gray
  • Or the sticks of cellulose, or the curved, wire device with fuzz at the ends?

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • They were as much all in a fuzz as ever, but his skin was not so gloriously tanned, and his hands were white instead of umber.

  • Midnight found Wimley still looking the pajamas squarely in the fuzz.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • One little man with a bald head and a fuzz of white whiskers on his chin was giving all sorts of orders.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • fuzz, or hairiness, usually occurs on the wire side of the sheet.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • Then all that day, and the next day, too, That fuzz from the dirtless carpet flew.

British Dictionary definitions for fuzz


a mass or covering of fine or curly hairs, fibres, etc
a blur
to make or become fuzzy
to make or become indistinct; blur
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose


a slang word for police, policeman
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fuzz

1590s, fusse, first attested in fusball "puff ball of tiny spores," of uncertain origin. Meaning "the police" is American English, 1929, underworld slang, origin and connection to the older word unknown. Perhaps a variant of fuss, with a notion of "hard to please."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fuzz



A police officer; the police: Cops must be annihilated. Kill the Fascist fuzz

[1930+; origin unknown; the form fuzey is found at about the same time]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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