fuzzier; fuzziest
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
fuzzily adverb
fuzziness noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But will this social media activity create warm and fuzzy feels from local grocers? al, 22 Nov. 2022 Trump applied similar fuzzy math to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, the lawsuit alleged, by valuing the private club and residence as high as $739 million — more than 10 times a more reasonable estimate of its worth. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 Third, the plans that have come out so far rely on some fuzzy math, where some programs wouldn’t start right away, and some would end after a few years. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 Unlike the ScarJo case, however, COVID-19 had nothing to do with Nu Image and Millennium’s alleged fuzzy math. Chris Lee, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 The Priest acceptances speeches that followed made metal feel warm and fuzzy, especially that the face and frontman of the band, Rob Halford, who went last. Andrew Dalton, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2022 The way that people get into Steely Dan is usually fuzzy, a gradual awakening rather than a bolt of pure feeling. Chelsea Leu, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2022 The two communities—or perspectives, or movements—overlap, and the boundaries are fuzzy. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2022 So ditch your fuzzy friends and meet the Birkenstock, your new warm-weather go-to. Imani Granger, Marie Claire, 18 May 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

perhaps from Low German fussig loose, spongy

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuzzy was in 1713

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Cite this Entry

“Fuzzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuzzy. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fuzzier; fuzziest
1
: covered with or resembling fuzz
2
: not clear : indistinct
a fuzzy picture
3
: being, relating to, or causing pleasant and usually emotional feelings
warm and fuzzy feelings
fuzzily adverb
fuzziness noun

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