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fuzzy

[fuhz-ee]
adjective, fuzz·i·er, fuzz·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or resembling fuzz: a soft, fuzzy material.
  2. covered with fuzz: a plant with broad, fuzzy leaves.
  3. indistinct; blurred: A fuzzy photograph usually means you jiggled the camera.
  4. muddleheaded or incoherent: a fuzzy thinker; to become fuzzy after one drink.
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Origin of fuzzy

First recorded in 1590–1600; fuzz1 + -y1
Related formsfuzz·i·ly, adverbfuzz·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for fuzzy

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British Dictionary definitions for fuzzily

fuzzy

adjective fuzzier or fuzziest
  1. of, resembling, or covered with fuzz
  2. indistinct; unclear or distorted
  3. not clearly thought out or expressed
  4. (of the hair) tightly curled or very wavy
  5. maths of or relating to a form of set theory in which set membership depends on a likelihood functionfuzzy set; fuzzy logic
  6. (of a computer program or system) designed to operate according to the principles of fuzzy logic, so as to be able to deal with data which is imprecise or has uncertain boundaries
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Derived Formsfuzzily, adverbfuzziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fuzzily

fuzzy

adj.

1610s, "soft, spongy," from fuzz + -y (2). Cf. Low German fussig "weak, loose, spongy," Dutch voos "spongy." From 1713 as "covered with fuzz;" 1778 as "blurred;" and 1937 as "imprecise," with reference to thought, etc. Related: Fuzzily; fuzziness.

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