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Uncertain. Apparently from fuzz +‎ -y, though some sources suggest that fuzz derives from fuzzy. Compare fozy, or Low German fussig ‎(loose; spongy).



fuzzy ‎(comparative fuzzier, superlative fuzziest)

  1. Covered with fuzz or a large number of tiny loose fibres like a carpet or many stuffed animals
  2. Vague or imprecise.
    My recollection of that event is fuzzy.
  3. Not clear; unfocused.
    I finally threw out a large stack of fuzzy photos.

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fuzzy ‎(plural fuzzies)

  1. A very small piece of plush material; an individual flake of fuzzies.
    You've got a fuzzy on your coat.
  2. Something covered with fuzz or hair, as an animal or plush toy.
    • 2000, Kim Schilling, Ferrets for Dummies, New York: Wiley, ISBN 0764552597, page 1:
      If you don't yet have a ferret, this book can help you decide whether a fuzzy is for you.
  3. (slang) A person, especially a college student, interested in humanities or social sciences, as opposed to one interested in mathematics, science, or engineering.
    • 2010, Donald Barr, Questioning the Premedical Paradigm: Enhancing Diversity in the Medical Profession a Century after the Flexner Report, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0801894166, page 2:
      A "fuzzy" on the other hand is a "people person," — someone who prefers studying the humanities or social sciences, someone who sees the world in broad contextual terms.

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  • fuzzy, adj. Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933
  • fuzzy. Frederick C. Mish (Editor in Chief), Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Merriam-Webster, 1994. OCLC 329147359