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

dirty, grimy, sordid, or repulsive; disgusting.

Nearby words

  1. scutulum,
  2. scutum,
  3. scutwork,
  4. scuzz,
  5. scuzzbucket,
  6. scybalous,
  7. scybalum,
  8. scylla,
  9. scylla and charybdis,
  10. scyphate

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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British Dictionary definitions for scuzzy


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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