noun plural -wuzzies or -wuzzy
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Fuzzy-wuzzy was a bear? Not even close.
Fuzzy-wuzzy was a racist slur for Black people (as from Africa, Australia, or Papua New Guinea), stereotyped for their hair texture. British soldiers used the slur in the 1800s. Fuzzy-wuzzy was then used in a nursery rhyme and in a Rudyard Kipling poem, both of which apparently helped popularize the term.
Today, fuzzy-wuzzy is used as cutesy talk, in the form of a baby-talk reduplication. But remember that fuzzy-wuzzy, especially used as a noun and not an adjective, has a painful, racist past.
If knowing the history of fuzzy-wuzzy has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
Keep in mind …
There are plenty of other adjectives you can use instead of fuzzy-wuzzy if you want to describe something as, well, fuzzy. In fact, plain, old fuzzy works just fine. You can also consider synonyms for fuzzy, including furry, hairy, wooly, and frizzy. Visit Thesaurus.com for more.
If you want to refer to an object that is cute and fuzzy, perhaps fuzzball or ball of fuzz will work. Or, fur ball, pile of fluff—don’t be afraid to get creative.
Example sentences from the Web for fuzzy-wuzzy
Some of the video was crystal clear, but in other footage the figures were just fuzzy shadows in black and white.
How can a chilled, acidic, and bubbly liquid make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
Their products are chosen by online votes which brings home a kind of warm and fuzzy “we all did this!”
Uber pridefully wears its evil reputation the way other on-demand ride-sharing services wear fuzzy pink mustaches.
Though the math gets a little fuzzy from here, Mayo Shattuck divorced his wife of almost 20 years, Jennifer, in 1995.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson|Brandy Zadrozny|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He washed Lovin Child's clothes, even to the red sweater suit and the fuzzy red "bunny" cap.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
A soft fog of snow makes fuzzy smears of the pinwheels, of the children racing, sparklers in both hands, across the frozen lawn.The Great Potlatch Riots|Allen Kim Lang
He was small and chunky in build, and nervous in his mind, and had red fuzzy hair that stuck up around his head like an aureole.The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
A fat little rascal, with a bobbing fuzzy poll and squirming limbs.
Then he'd hurry ashore over his plank bridge and collect snails and fuzzy worms and similar crawlers by the tide mark.