fuzz

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[ fuhz ]
/ fʌz /

noun

loose, light, fibrous, or fluffy matter.
a mass or coating of such matter: the fuzz on a peach.
Slang. a man's very short haircut, similar to a crew cut.
a blur: That photo is all fuzz.
a distorted sound from an electric musical instrument, especially a guitar, produced by means of an electronic device.

verb (used with or without object)

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.

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Origin of fuzz

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1595–1605; compare Dutch voos 'spongy, woolly'

Definition for fuzz (2 of 2)

fuzz2
[ fuhz ]
/ fʌz /

noun, plural fuzz, fuzz·es for 2. Older Slang.

Usually the fuzz . the police; police officers collectively:The fuzz were called by a neighbor and three policeman showed up.
a police officer or detective:Fuzzes caught the burglar trying to escape through the back alley.

Origin of fuzz

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First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for fuzz (1 of 2)

fuzz1
/ (fʌz) /

noun

a mass or covering of fine or curly hairs, fibres, etc
a blur

verb

to make or become fuzzy
to make or become indistinct; blur

Word Origin for fuzz

C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose

British Dictionary definitions for fuzz (2 of 2)

fuzz2
/ (fʌz) /

noun

a slang word for police, policeman

Word Origin for fuzz

C20: of uncertain origin
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