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[skuhz-ee] /ˈskʌz i/
adjective, scuzzier, scuzziest. Slang.
dirty, grimy, sordid, or repulsive; disgusting.
Also, scuzz.
Origin of scuzzy
1965-70; expressive coinage; compare similar phonetic components of scum, fuzzy, lousy, sleazy Unabridged
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adjective -zier, -ziest
(slang, mainly US) unkempt, dirty, or squalid
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from disgusting or perhaps from a blend of scum and fuzz
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Word Origin and History for scuzzy

1968, North American colloquial, perhaps a blend of scummy and fuzzy [Barnhart]. First attested use is in reference to Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Dirty; filthy; repellent; grungy: a bunch of scuzzy Moroccan A-rabs

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[1960s+ Teenagers; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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scuzzy in Technology

The usual pronunciation of SCSI.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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