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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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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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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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