fuzz

1 [fuhz]
noun
1.
loose, light, fibrous, or fluffy matter.
2.
a mass or coating of such matter: the fuzz on a peach.
3.
Slang. a man's very short haircut, similar to a crew cut.
4.
a blur: That photo is all fuzz.
5.
a distorted sound from an electric musical instrument, especially a guitar, produced by means of an electronic device.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
6.
to make or become blurred or unclear (sometimes followed by up or out ): He fuzzed up the plot line with a lot of emotional nonsense. The image fuzzed and then disappeared.

Origin:
1595–1605; compare Dutch voos 'spongy, woolly'

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fuzz

2 [fuhz]
noun, plural fuzz, fuzzes for 2. Slang.
1.
the police; police officers collectively.
2.
a police officer or detective.

Origin:
1925–30; of uncertain origin

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fuzz1 (fʌz)
 
n
1.  a mass or covering of fine or curly hairs, fibres, etc
2.  a blur
 
vb
3.  to make or become fuzzy
4.  to make or become indistinct; blur
 
[C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose]

fuzz2 (fʌz)
 
n
police a slang word for policeman
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

fuzz
c.1600, fusse, first attested in fusball "puff ball of tiny spores," of uncertain origin. Meaning "the police" is Amer.Eng. 1929, underworld slang, origin and connection to the older word unknown. Perhaps a variant of fuss, with a notion of "hard to please."
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fuzz definition

[fəz]
  1. n.
    and fuzz man; fuzzy (tail). the police; a jail keeper; a detective. : The fuzz is onto you. , Tell the fuzz man I was out of town when the job was pulled.
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Example sentences
When you roast the beans, the caffeine forms a kind of fuzz on the roaster.
To his chin and his upper lip clings thin, lusterless fuzz.
His head was shaved, covered in regulation fuzz, and he was wearing old jeans
  and an untucked work shirt.
Fuzz it up to the point where no one can even ask the relevant questions, let
  alone expect relevant answers.
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