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[fuhz-ee] /ˈfʌz i/
adjective, fuzzier, fuzziest.
of the nature of or resembling fuzz:
a soft, fuzzy material.
covered with fuzz:
a plant with broad, fuzzy leaves.
indistinct; blurred:
A fuzzy photograph usually means you jiggled the camera.
muddleheaded or incoherent:
a fuzzy thinker; to become fuzzy after one drink.
Origin of fuzzy
First recorded in 1590-1600; fuzz1 + -y1
Related forms
fuzzily, adverb
fuzziness, noun
3. hazy, vague, unclear, foggy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fuzzy
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  • She regarded the fuzzy yellow thing with a curious expression.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Perhaps the tape was fuzzy or it may have been fogged in transit by radiation.

    Mezzerow Loves Company Floyd L. Wallace
  • Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect.


    Christopher Morley
  • At times, so fuzzy do I get from so much reading, that I am glad for any diversion.

  • His vision was fuzzy, but there was no mistaking the image before him.

    The Memory of Mars Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for fuzzy


adjective fuzzier, fuzziest
of, resembling, or covered with fuzz
indistinct; unclear or distorted
not clearly thought out or expressed
(of the hair) tightly curled or very wavy
(maths) of or relating to a form of set theory in which set membership depends on a likelihood function: fuzzy set, fuzzy logic
(of a computer program or system) designed to operate according to the principles of fuzzy logic, so as to be able to deal with data which is imprecise or has uncertain boundaries
Derived Forms
fuzzily, adverb
fuzziness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fuzzy

1610s, "soft, spongy," from fuzz + -y (2). Cf. Low German fussig "weak, loose, spongy," Dutch voos "spongy." From 1713 as "covered with fuzz;" 1778 as "blurred;" and 1937 as "imprecise," with reference to thought, etc. Related: Fuzzily; fuzziness.

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



  1. (also fuzzie) A police officer; fuzz (1940s+)
  2. A certainty, esp a horse sure to win; sure thing (1950s+ Gambling)
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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