[ fuhz-ee ]
/ ˈfʌz i /

adjective, fuzz·i·er, fuzz·i·est.

of the nature of or resembling fuzz: a soft, fuzzy material.
covered with fuzz: a plant with broad, fuzzy leaves.
indistinct; blurred: A fuzzy photograph usually means you jiggled the camera.
muddleheaded or incoherent: a fuzzy thinker; to become fuzzy after one drink.

Nearby words

  1. fuzz,
  2. fuzz box,
  3. fuzz tone,
  4. fuzzball,
  5. fuzzbuster,
  6. fuzzy logic,
  7. fuzzy set,
  8. fuzzy-headed,
  9. fuzzy-wuzzy,
  10. fuzzy-wuzzy angel

Origin of fuzzy

First recorded in 1590–1600; fuzz1 + -y1

Related formsfuzz·i·ly, adverbfuzz·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fuzziness


/ (ˈfʌzɪ) /

adjective fuzzier or fuzziest

of, resembling, or covered with fuzz
indistinct; unclear or distorted
not clearly thought out or expressed
(of the hair) tightly curled or very wavy
maths of or relating to a form of set theory in which set membership depends on a likelihood functionfuzzy set; fuzzy logic
(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
Derived Formsfuzzily, adverbfuzziness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fuzziness



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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