[ fuhz ]
/ fʌz /


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.

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

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

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Examples from the Web for fuzzed

  • His head was the shape of a chocolate drop, and was covered with dry, straw-coloured hair that fuzzed up about his pointed crown.

    My Antonia|Willa Cather
  • Their outlines, instead of becoming clearer, had fuzzed up more as they approached.

    The Test Colony|Winston Marks
  • The reason was becoming less vague; the fuzzed edges were falling away now.

    The Beautiful People|Charles Beaumont
  • As he pushed back the hair that had fuzzed down over her eyebrows, he felt her head thoughtfully with the tips of his fingers.

    Song of the Lark|Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for fuzzed


/ (fʌz) /


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


/ (fʌz) /


a slang word for police, policeman

Word Origin for fuzz

C20: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for fuzzed



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper