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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.

Origin of fuzzy

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

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Contemporary Examples of fuzziness

  • The fuzziness was from the beer we drank after building bonfires in the dunes in the middle of the night.

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    Why I Hate The Beach

    P. J. O’Rourke

    July 27, 2014

  • The fuzziness comes when Obama tries to explain how exactly the Republicans created this mess.

  • It is this fuzziness that allows the Obama administration to try to have it both ways.

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    Cheney Was Right

    Peter Beinart

    January 3, 2010

Historical Examples of fuzziness

  • Abruptly, both he and his wife were aware of a fuzziness in their thoughts and senses.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • Note the fuzziness of the body and the "dust" which covers the wings.

  • She disliked the blurred outlines of fatness and fuzziness and fluffiness.

    The Tree of Heaven

    May Sinclair

  • I have tired myself out with reading, and the fuzziness of my unsleeping brain makes for melancholy.

  • He had gone back to his former state of fuzziness, and looked more like Rip van Winkle than ever.

    Our Elizabeth

    Florence A. Kilpatrick

British Dictionary definitions for fuzziness


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
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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