fuzz

1
[ 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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. futz around,
  2. fuxin,
  3. fuze,
  4. fuzee,
  5. fuzhou,
  6. fuzz box,
  7. fuzz tone,
  8. fuzzball,
  9. fuzzbuster,
  10. fuzzy

Origin of fuzz

1
1595–1605; compare Dutch voos 'spongy, woolly'

fuzz

2
[ fuhz ]
/ fʌz /

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

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

Origin of fuzz

2
First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin

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British Dictionary definitions for fuzz

fuzz

1
/ (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

noun

a slang word for police, policeman

Word Origin for fuzz

C20: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for fuzz

fuzz

n.

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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