from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mass or coating of fine, light fibers, hairs, or particles; down: the fuzz on a peach.
  • transitive v. To cover with fine, light fibers, hairs, or particles.
  • transitive v. To make blurred or indistinct: fuzzing the difference between the two candidates; worked quickly to fuzz up the details of the scandal.
  • intransitive v. To become blurred or obscure.
  • n. Slang The police.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A frizzy mass of hair or fibre.
  • n. A blurred image.
  • n. The random data used in fuzz testing.
  • v. Make fuzzy.
  • v. Become fuzzy.
  • n. The police.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fine, light particles or fibers; loose, volatile matter.
  • intransitive v. To fly off in minute particles.
  • transitive v. To make drunk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fly off in minute particles.
  • To intoxicate; fuddle; fuzzle.
  • n. Fine downy particles, as on the surface of some fruits, as the peach; loose fibers, as on the surface of cloth, or separated from it by friction; loose volatile matter.
  • n. A puffball; a fuzzball.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  • n. a hazy or indistinct representation
  • n. filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
  • n. the first beard of an adolescent boy


Perhaps back-formation from fuzzy.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown (Wiktionary)



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