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[muhz-ee] /ˈmʌz i/
adjective, muzzier, muzziest. Informal.
confused; muddled.
dull; mentally hazy.
Origin of muzzy
1720-30; perhaps blend of muddled and fuzzy
Related forms
muzzily, adverb
muzziness, noun Unabridged
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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
  • Haven't kept a few stamps back to get drunk with, eh, 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
  • "Only a dollar, sir, only a dollar with you," replies muzzy.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • That's the price, muzzy, and I wish I'd known what you knew, you old dog.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • But muzzy's diversion from the cause of his uneasiness was only momentary.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Why, muzzy, if you were not too old to play the lover, I should say you were jealous.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Mr. Van Wyk, peering alongside, heard a muzzy boastful voice apparently jeering at a person called Prendergast.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for muzzy


adjective -zier, -ziest
blurred, indistinct, or hazy
confused, muddled, or befuddled
Derived Forms
muzzily, adverb
muzziness, noun
Word Origin
C18: origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for muzzy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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