\ 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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His 7-year-old son stood next to him, clutching a fuzzy yellow blanket, while his wife cradled their infant. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, latimes.com, "Guatemalans vote in L.A. for their country’s presidential election, a historic first," 16 June 2019 Any lesson on the War of 1812 probably isn’t the most vivid memory people have from their high school history classes, so its details may be fuzzy to many. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "No, Mr. Trump, Canada Did Not Burn the White House Down in the War of 1812," 6 June 2018 After that, Phyu’s recollection of events is fuzzy. Hannah Beech, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ma, I’ve been sold’: Brides trafficked to China," 17 Aug. 2019 After that, Phyu’s recollection of events is fuzzy. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’," 17 Aug. 2019 That’s a fuzzy line that needs to be made clearer, said Lawrence DiCara, a former city councilor who is now a real estate lawyer. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Advocacy, negotiation, or criminal activity? Guilty verdicts blur line at City Hall," 8 Aug. 2019 The ideal vehicle for the concept, though, was always fuzzy. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Wealth, Privilege and Gwyneth Paltrow: How Ryan Murphy's First Netflix Show Takes Down Trump-Era Entitlement," 7 Aug. 2019 Digital zoom just crops and enlarges the scene from a regular full size shot, making your photo look fuzzy and dull. Zooming in too far makes your decent-looking 12-megapixel still look like a grainy and embarrassing 3-megapixel disaster. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 2 July 2019 The suit was fuzzy and stifling, but Phil wore it to every community event. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "‘He tried to make Paradise all its name implied’: Long after the Camp Fire, resident’s death opens wounds," 21 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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