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.

Origin of fuzz

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



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

the police; police officers collectively.
a police officer or detective.

Origin of fuzz

First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin
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Related Words for fuzz

lint, down, fiber, fur, hair, nap, pile, lanugo, floss

Examples from the Web for fuzz

Contemporary Examples of fuzz

Historical Examples of fuzz

  • The moon rested on its little head and made its fuzz of hair a halo.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • No, my dear Fuzz, I shall have no time to tell you how busy I am.

    Tom and Some Other Girls

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • Or the sticks of cellulose, or the curved, wire device with fuzz at the ends?

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Midnight found Wimley still looking the pajamas squarely in the fuzz.


    Lawton Mackall

  • Fuzz, or hairiness, usually occurs on the wire side of the sheet.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom

    William Bond Wheelwright

British Dictionary definitions for fuzz




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


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

Word Origin for fuzz

C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose




a slang word for police, policeman

Word Origin for fuzz

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuzz

1590s, fusse, first attested in fusball "puff ball of tiny spores," of uncertain origin. Meaning "the police" is American English, 1929, underworld slang, origin and connection to the older word unknown. Perhaps a variant of fuss, with a notion of "hard to please."

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