- very loose, light particles of down, wool, etc.; fine hairs or fibers: the fuzz on a peach
- a blurred, distorted audio effect deliberately produced when amplifying the sounds of an electronic musical instrument, as by overloading an amplification circuitalso fuzz′tone·
Origin of fuzzfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Dutch voos, spongy, or back-formation from fuzzy
- to cover or become covered with fuzz
- to make or become fuzzy
Origin of fuzz< ? fuss, in sense “a fussy (i.e., hard to please) person”
verbfuzzed, fuzz·ing, fuzz·es
- To cover with fine, light fibers, hairs, or particles.
- To make blurred or indistinct: fuzzing the difference between the two candidates; worked quickly to fuzz up the details of the scandal.
Origin of fuzzPerhaps back-formation from fuzzy
Origin of fuzzOrigin unknown
(countable and uncountable, plural fuzzes)
(third-person singular simple present fuzzes, present participle fuzzing, simple past and past participle fuzzed)
- Some dictionaries suggest a Germanic source
- Some dictionaries suggest a back-formation from fuzzy.
- (slang, dated, with "the") The police.