adjective, scuzz·i·er, scuzz·i·est. Slang.

dirty, grimy, sordid, or repulsive; disgusting.

Also scuzz.

Origin of scuzzy

First recorded in 1965–70; expressive coinage; compare similar phonetic components of scum, fuzzy, lousy, sleazy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective -zier or -ziest

slang, mainly US unkempt, dirty, or squalid

Word Origin for scuzzy

C20: perhaps from disgusting or perhaps from a blend of scum and fuzz
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Word Origin and History for scuzzy

1968, North American colloquial, perhaps a blend of scummy and fuzzy [Barnhart]. First attested use is in reference to Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy."

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