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fuzz1

[fuhz]
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noun
  1. loose, light, fibrous, or fluffy matter.
  2. a mass or coating of such matter: the fuzz on a peach.
  3. Slang. a man's very short haircut, similar to a crew cut.
  4. a blur: That photo is all fuzz.
  5. a distorted sound from an electric musical instrument, especially a guitar, produced by means of an electronic device.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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'
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Examples from the Web for fuzzed

Historical Examples

  • Their outlines, instead of becoming clearer, had fuzzed up more as they approached.

    The Test Colony

    Winston Marks

  • As he pushed back the hair that had fuzzed down over her eyebrows, he felt her head thoughtfully with the tips of his fingers.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • The reason was becoming less vague; the fuzzed edges were falling away now.

    The Beautiful People

    Charles Beaumont

  • His head was the shape of a chocolate drop, and was covered with dry, straw-coloured hair that fuzzed up about his pointed crown.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather


British Dictionary definitions for fuzzed

fuzz1

noun
  1. a mass or covering of fine or curly hairs, fibres, etc
  2. a blur
verb
  1. to make or become fuzzy
  2. to make or become indistinct; blur

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose

fuzz2

noun
  1. a slang word for police, policeman

Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuzzed

fuzz

n.

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