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adjective, muz·zi·er, muz·zi·est. Informal.
  1. confused; muddled.
  2. dull; mentally hazy.
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Origin of muzzy

1720–30; perhaps blend of muddled and fuzzy
Related formsmuz·zi·ly, adverbmuz·zi·ness, noun
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Related Words for muzzy

ambiguous, muddled, unclear, puzzling, dubious, evasive, vague, ambivalent, borderline, disreputable, fishy, fuzzy, hazy, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, misleading, oblique, obscure, open

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Historical Examples of muzzy

  • Old Muzzy gave me a reproachful look and shook his head gravely.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • Mr. Muzzy was much fatigued and out of breath with the walk.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • No mere boy should come these muzzy tricks on me, scholar or no scholar.

    Day and Night Stories

    Algernon Blackwood

  • "Only a dollar, sir, only a dollar with you," replies Muzzy.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • You're precious sharp on him, Muzzy; it isn't settling-day yet.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for muzzy


adjective -zier or -ziest
  1. blurred, indistinct, or hazy
  2. confused, muddled, or befuddled
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Derived Formsmuzzily, adverbmuzziness, noun

Word Origin for muzzy

C18: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for muzzy


"confused, dazed," 1720s, perhaps from mossy, or from dialectal mosey (adj.) "moldy, hazy; stupefied with drink, dull, stupid."

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