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noun (1)

: fine light particles or fibers (as of down or fluff)
: a blurred effect


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fuzzed; fuzzing; fuzzes

intransitive verb

: to fly off in or become covered with fluffy particles
: to become blurred
her frame of reference fuzzing at the edgesJane O'Reilly

transitive verb

: to make fuzzy
: to envelop in a haze


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noun (2)

: police
also : a police officer

Examples of fuzz in a Sentence

Noun (1) a comfortable old sweater with clumps of fuzz all over it Verb picture postcards never show those not-infrequent days when the coastal scenery is fuzzed up by fog Noun (2) we've got to get out of here before the fuzz catches on to our scam the weary fuzz hauled in yet another drunk
Recent Examples on the Web
But these early feathers were little more than fuzz. science.org, 3 July 2024 Being relatively big and covered in black-and-yellow fuzz allows the world’s roughly 250 bumblebee species to withstand more frigid temperatures than honeybees, which are generally daintier and less hairy, and are not native to North America. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2024
In his inaugural address, Biden must not fuzz the line between fiction and nonfiction. Robert Moilanen, Star Tribune, 27 Dec. 2020 See all Example Sentences for fuzz 

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Word History


Noun (1)

probably back-formation from fuzzy

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1702, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuzz was in 1674

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Cite this Entry

“Fuzz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuzz. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: fine light particles or fibers (as of down or fluff)

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