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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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈfʌzi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌzi


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.
    Synonyms: ambiguous, equivocal; see also Thesaurus:vague
    My recollection of that event is fuzzy.
  3. Not clear; unfocused.
    Synonyms: blurry, ill-defined; see also Thesaurus:indistinct
    I finally threw out a large stack of fuzzy photos.
  4. (computing theory) Employing or relating to fuzzy logic.

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fuzzy (plural fuzzies)

  1. (often in the plural) A very small piece of plush material.
    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, 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 [] , Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, →ISBN, 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.
    • 2017, Scott Hartley, The Fuzzy and the Techie [] [1], Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, →ISBN:
      If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy, and if you majored in engineering or computer science, you were a techie.
  4. (slang, military) A soldier with the rank of private.
  5. (slang) A police officer.

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