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muzzy

[muhz-ee]
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adjective, muz·zi·er, muz·zi·est. Informal.
  1. confused; muddled.
  2. dull; mentally hazy.

Origin of muzzy

1720–30; perhaps blend of muddled and fuzzy
Related formsmuz·zi·ly, adverbmuz·zi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for muzzy

Historical Examples

  • Old Muzzy gave me a reproachful look and shook his head gravely.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • Mr. Muzzy was much fatigued and out of breath with the walk.

    Thackerayana

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • No mere boy should come these muzzy tricks on me, scholar or no scholar.

    Day and Night Stories

    Algernon Blackwood

  • "Only a dollar, sir, only a dollar with you," replies Muzzy.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • You're precious sharp on him, Muzzy; it isn't settling-day yet.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon


British Dictionary definitions for muzzy

muzzy

adjective -zier or -ziest
  1. blurred, indistinct, or hazy
  2. confused, muddled, or befuddled
Derived Formsmuzzily, adverbmuzziness, noun

Word Origin

C18: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for muzzy

adj.

"confused, dazed," 1720s, perhaps from mossy, or from dialectal mosey (adj.) "moldy, hazy; stupefied with drink, dull, stupid."

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