\ˈfə-zē \
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 \ adverb
fuzziness \ˈfə-​zē-​nəs \ 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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Many have fuzzy, variegated leaves in colors ranging from light pink to dark purple and yellow to dark green. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "The One Plant You Need In Your Home This Fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Instead, most live a fuzzy middle, a gradual mash of blurs and contrasts, that Terri inhabits. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 Amma finally gets her wish to party with Camille, passing her first an Oxy and later a tablet of ecstasy, mouth to mouth, creating a fuzzy warm glow of sisterly intimacy. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 Yet as faces and headlines pop on and off the screen, the chronology and the movie’s direction grow fuzzy. Kimberly Reed, New York Times, "Review: Tracking ‘Dark Money’ in Montana Elections," 12 July 2018 For example, some athletic shoes, such as Converse All-Stars, come with just enough fuzzy cloth on the rubber soles to qualify them as lower-duty slippers. Todd C. Frankel, chicagotribune.com, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Yet Malone had something of a time-to-make-the-doughnuts look on his fuzzy face as each of these guys went about his business — another perk of the job that was beginning to feel like a concession. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "Post Malone was hip-hop's saddest champion at the Hollywood Bowl," 28 June 2018 While the future of the organization may be fuzzy, the elite women’s program still holds strong. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Olympics Committee Moves to Decertify USA Gymnastics," 6 Nov. 2018 The photos have a fuzzier, less flattering, but more truly vintage look. Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Say Goodbye to Blurry Smartphone Pictures: A.I.’s Here to Help," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of fuzzy was in 1713

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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 \
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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