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 The organization is a civilian crime-watch group whose recruits became street icons for patrolling scuzzy subway cars, intimidating chain snatchers, making the occasional citizen’s arrest, and irritating the police. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 The Michigan singer provides some small but important updates here — out goes Fogerty and Co.'s scuzzy Wurlitzer and saxophone solo, in comes a distorted guitar and Marks' hair-raising vocals — without losing any of the 1969 version's retro power. Marcus Jones,, 17 Sep. 2021 In his scuzzy motel rooms, Tell wraps every piece of furniture — the lamps, the desks, the bed — in white cloths. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 For them, the whole group of speculators in railroad bonds was kind of scuzzy. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 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, 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, 17 Mar. 2021 Throughout the album, there are scuzzy bass lines reminiscent of the Stooges. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 3 Dec. 2020 His novels about the scuzzy bits of London life are nastily readable. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of scuzzy

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scuzzy

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“Scuzzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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