scuz·​zy | \ ˈskə-zē How to pronounce scuzzy (audio) \
scuzzier; scuzziest

Definition of scuzzy

: dirty, shabby, or foul in condition or character

Examples of scuzzy in a Sentence

He is a scuzzy guy.
Recent Examples on the Web Blake Stranathan’s scuzzy, hypnotic guitars drag the song even further down, like Cat Power or the Velvet Underground at their lowest. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Lana Del Rey Song, Ranked: Critic's List," 28 Aug. 2019 The original was a potent enough folk-rock tune, but for her solo rendition Kiah dialed up the amplifiers and turned it into a pulverizing number that weds blues and scuzzy alt-rock to a funky backbeat. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, "Amythyst Kiah Gets Defiant in Powerful ‘Black Myself’ Video," 17 Mar. 2021 Throughout the album, there are scuzzy bass lines reminiscent of the Stooges. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Miley Cyrus Has Always Been Rock-and-Roll," 3 Dec. 2020 His novels about the scuzzy bits of London life are nastily readable. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Martin Amis, the Accidental Memoirist," 22 Oct. 2020 Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn are warm and winning as college friends who gleefully exact revenge against the scuzzy husbands who’ve left them for younger women. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "11 Great Movies and Shows Leaving Netflix in May," 7 May 2020 The 13 bands on the bill include Chicago darkwave trio Staring Problem, scuzzy local punks the Bombats, and Missouri power-pop outfit Mouton. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Goth doesn’t age, but DJ Scary Lady Sarah’s Nocturna party is turning 30," 5 June 2018 In that gap, the band tightened up the spaces in its songs and beefed up the scuzzy melodic lines to make Guppy, a no-filler album of 10 concise, joyous pop-punk blasts. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks," 12 Dec. 2017 Scrappy and scuzzy Atlanta garage punk band Black Lips, now a five piece after a lineup shuffle and the addition of sax player Zuni Rosow, opened the show. Dan Deluca,, "Kesha makes her emotional return at the Fillmore," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scuzzy

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scuzzy

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5 Apr 2021

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“Scuzzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scuzzy

US slang : dirty, dishonest, or unpleasant

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