scuz·​zy ˈskə-zē How to pronounce scuzzy (audio)
scuzzier; scuzziest
: dirty, shabby, or foul in condition or character

Examples of scuzzy in a Sentence

He is a scuzzy guy.
Recent Examples on the Web Jasper, with his greasy long hair and scuzzy mug and brash instincts, is the veteran too smart to fool, the fly in every ointment. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 5 Sep. 2023 Beetz plays Bo, a compassionate celebrity photographer who leaves behind the scuzzy practice after snapping photos of an actor having an affair, which leads to his suicide. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023 The movie is about an unhappy nurse, Martha, and a scuzzy gigolo, Ray, who draws Martha into his scheme of luring lonely old ladies into their nest and killing them for their pensions. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 22 June 2023 Situated on the scuzzy outskirts of American society, ‘Bones and All’ is a graphic, often off-putting travelogue that seems to use the ultimate anti-social behavior as a convenient stand-in for every contemporary social problem from otherization to addiction. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2023 Tumblr kids in fishnet tights and scuffed Dr. Martens established their scuzzy, soft grunge aesthetic. Sophie Lou Wilson,, 7 Mar. 2023 Starring the late, great Anton Yelchin alongside Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots, Green Room is a siege movie marked by scuzzy realism and a palpable sense of danger, as the members of the punk rock band Ain't Rights fight for their lives after witnessing a murder at an isolated Oregon music venue. Katie Rife,, 18 Aug. 2022 The scuzzy fungus has a voracious appetite. (old) Matt Reynolds, Wired, 8 Nov. 2021 There’s a turn-of-the-century gay period piece from Mexico, a scuzzy airport-novel adaptation packed to the brim with A-listers, a timely morality play bolstered by stellar supporting performances, and a subdued snapshot of generational friction in India. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 19 May 2021 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scuzzy was in 1962

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“Scuzzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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