\ ˈfə-zē How to pronounce fuzzy (audio) \
fuzzier; fuzziest

Definition of fuzzy

1 : marked by or giving a suggestion of fuzz a fuzzy covering of felt a fuzzy stuffed toy
2 : lacking in clarity or definition moving the camera causes fuzzy photos The line between our areas of responsibility is fuzzy. His reasoning is a little fuzzy.
3 : being, relating to, or invoking pleasant and usually sentimental emotions warm and fuzzy feelings

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Other Words from fuzzy

fuzzily \ ˈfə-​zə-​lē How to pronounce fuzzily (audio) \ adverb
fuzziness \ ˈfə-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce fuzziness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for fuzzy


furry, hairy, rough, shaggy, woolly (also wooly)

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Examples of fuzzy in a Sentence

The plant has fuzzy leaves. Without my glasses everything looks fuzzy. The line between our areas of responsibility is fuzzy. I think his reasoning is a little fuzzy.
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If the planet isn’t quite in the center of the telescope’s frame, the image will be fuzzy. Quanta Magazine, "The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement," 3 July 2019 One of the criticisms of you is that— that your math is fuzzy. CBS News, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The rookie congresswoman challenging the Democratic establishment," 23 June 2019 New, unwrinkled aluminum foil can be used, but because the images are fuzzier, the observations will not be as clear. Scientific American, "Distorted Images," 6 June 2019 While specifics about the experience are fuzzy, Billboard has confirmed that the Tim premiere will run every hour on the hour, each song of the album set to its own 360-degree visualizer. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Oculus To Premiere Avicii's Posthumous 'Tim' Album With VR Experience," 5 June 2019 Timelines and geography are fuzzy; details don’t add up. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: In Lucas Hnath's 'Dana H.,' a kidnapping survivor's truth hides in the shadows," 3 June 2019 The bottom line is fuzzy given the tardiness in receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars for the cost of cleaning up after the pounding the county received from Irma in September 2017. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Delay in $7.8M FEMA reimbursement throws hitch into Lake County budget planning," 28 June 2019 But even these nuggets are presented as minor impediments to an unfolding slice of Americana, the fuzzy-cheeked hero with requisite nerves, straight out of central casting. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Jon Peters and the Pain of Being 'SUPERKID'," 28 June 2019 Her company makes and sells stylish items, from rugs to fuzzy slippers, that reflect a kick-your-shoes-off approach to living. oregonlive.com, "Secrets of a broke housekeeper-turned-multimillionaire: Designer Jennifer Adams returns to Portland," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of fuzzy

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fuzzy

perhaps from Low German fussig loose, spongy

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English Language Learners Definition of fuzzy

: covered with short, soft hairs, fur, etc. : covered with fuzz
: not clear : not sharp or distinct
: not clear in thought


\ ˈfə-zē How to pronounce fuzzy (audio) \
fuzzier; fuzziest

Kids Definition of fuzzy

1 : covered with or looking like short fine hairs or fibers a fuzzy baby bird
2 : not clear a fuzzy memory

Other Words from fuzzy

fuzziness \ ˈfə-​zē-​nəs \ noun

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