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fuzz

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

  • Some dictionaries suggest a Germanic source
  • Some dictionaries suggest a back-formation from fuzzy.

NounEdit

fuzz (countable and uncountable, plural fuzzes)

  1. A frizzy mass of hair or fibre.
    • 1895, Hamlin Garland, Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, page 352:
      His cheeks were like peaches, with much the same sort of fuzz over them.
  2. A blurred image.
  3. (computing) The random data used in fuzz testing.
  4. (obsolete) A state of befuddlement.
    • 1784, Jonathan Swift, "Journal to Stella", The works of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Swift, page 54:
      I think I'm in a fuzz, and don't know what I ſay, I never ſaw the like.
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VerbEdit

fuzz (third-person singular simple present fuzzes, present participle fuzzing, simple past and past participle fuzzed)

  1. (transitive) To make fuzzy.
  2. (intransitive) To become fuzzy.
  3. (transitive, dated) To make drunk.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wood to this entry?)

Etymology 2Edit

Unknown

NounEdit

fuzz (uncountable)

  1. (slang, dated, with "the") The police.
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