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fuzzy

[fuhz-ee] /ˈfʌz i/
adjective, fuzzier, fuzziest.
1.
of the nature of or resembling fuzz:
a soft, fuzzy material.
2.
covered with fuzz:
a plant with broad, fuzzy leaves.
3.
indistinct; blurred:
A fuzzy photograph usually means you jiggled the camera.
4.
muddleheaded or incoherent:
a fuzzy thinker; to become fuzzy after one drink.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; fuzz1 + -y1
Related forms
fuzzily, adverb
fuzziness, noun
Synonyms
3. hazy, vague, unclear, foggy.
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  • Instead, they see the world in fuzzy out-of-focus green.
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  • Rain came down heavily a half hour at a time, then pulled back into a silvery sky of fast-moving, fuzzy-bottomed clouds.
  • Until the fuzzy letdowns of the final act, the movie is a sizzling intellectual apache dance.
  • It was at this point that things began to get fuzzy.
  • It was so early that my mind was still fuzzy, full of night demons.
British Dictionary definitions for fuzzy

fuzzy

/ˈfʌzɪ/
adjective fuzzier, fuzziest
1.
of, resembling, or covered with fuzz
2.
indistinct; unclear or distorted
3.
not clearly thought out or expressed
4.
(of the hair) tightly curled or very wavy
5.
(maths) of or relating to a form of set theory in which set membership depends on a likelihood function: fuzzy set, fuzzy logic
6.
(of a computer program or system) designed to operate according to the principles of fuzzy logic, so as to be able to deal with data which is imprecise or has uncertain boundaries
Derived Forms
fuzzily, adverb
fuzziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fuzzy
adj.

1610s, "soft, spongy," from fuzz + -y (2). Cf. Low German fussig "weak, loose, spongy," Dutch voos "spongy." From 1713 as "covered with fuzz;" 1778 as "blurred;" and 1937 as "imprecise," with reference to thought, etc. Related: Fuzzily; fuzziness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fuzzy

fuzzy

noun
  1. (also fuzzie) A police officer; fuzz (1940s+)
  2. A certainty, esp a horse sure to win; sure thing (1950s+ Gambling)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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