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fuzz1

[fuhz] /fʌz/
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
1595-1605; compare Dutch voos 'spongy, woolly'
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fuzz1

/fʌz/
noun
1.
a mass or covering of fine or curly hairs, fibres, etc
2.
a blur
verb
3.
to make or become fuzzy
4.
to make or become indistinct; blur
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Low German fussig loose

fuzz2

/fʌz/
noun
1.
a slang word for police, policeman
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuzz up

fuzz

n.

1590s, fusse, first attested in fusball "puff ball of tiny spores," of uncertain origin. Meaning "the police" is American English, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for fuzz up

fuzz

noun

A police officer; the police: Cops must be annihilated. Kill the Fascist fuzz

[1930+; origin unknown; the form fuzey is found at about the same time]


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