Main definitions of fuzz in English

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fuzz1

noun

  • 1A fluffy or frizzy mass of hair or fiber.

    ‘a fuzz of black hair’
    ‘his face was covered with white fuzz’
    • ‘A young man, tan-skinned, with his hair shorn down to a round fuzz, opened the passenger door.’
    • ‘Her eyes, which were now closing, were a beautiful sea green color, and a soft yellow fuzz already covered the top of her head.’
    • ‘His name was Stephen, and he had a short white fuzz of hair, and an auburn sheen to his fur.’
    • ‘Powdery mildew causes a grayish white fuzz on new leaves and flower buds.’
    • ‘They had got him already, but nothing more than a tall, lanky man who wore average clothes and had very short black hair, almost bald, if not for the fuzz that kept his head minimally covered.’
    • ‘Waxing, sugaring and threading (used for fuzz and fine hairs) are large-scale versions of plucking.’
    • ‘The guy might have been handsome except for his blond hair which had been cut to a short fuzz and there was a scar on his face.’
    • ‘The seabed under the arch is covered in large boulders 18m below, all covered in an algal fuzz that is home to large numbers of wrasse, bream and spiny starfish.’
    • ‘The result is obvious: The slopes surrounding the villages are covered with a green fuzz of young, skinny pines.’
    • ‘She pursed her pink, rosebud lips as her brown eyes landed on a fuzz of chestnut-brown hair, which belonged to an athletic looking young man.’
    • ‘The baby had crystal blue eyes like her mother, and a little fuzz of raven black hair like her parents.’
    • ‘Here and there in the luxurious fuzz of newly grown grass, you might spot rusted tools and stuffed animals in various states of decomposition.’
    • ‘Even his trademark shaven head is covered in a soft brown fuzz of hair.’
    • ‘She still wore a bright red kerchief, and there were little bits of fabric fuzz clinging to her hair.’
    • ‘I looked down the path, and I could see the black fuzz of the forest on the horizon.’
    • ‘Boston's got a heavier, wetter snow than Vermont where it was a lot colder and the snow removal up there was akin to blowing on a dandelion puff of little white fuzz and all of the little parachute seeds scatter.’
    • ‘He too had blonde hair, but not much, only a little fuzz.’
    • ‘The sunken cheeks were covered with a thin scattering of fuzz; the hair was lank and matted.’
    • ‘The Jerusalem artichokes are covered with a white fuzz.’
    • ‘He smiled and scratched at his very short cropped hair, more like fuzz, and waved.’
    hair, fluff, fur, down, floss, fine hair
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    1. 1.1 A blurred image or area.
      ‘she saw Jess surrounded by a fuzz of sunlight’
      • ‘JPL continues to interpret the data, which is no mean feat since, according to Dr Hensley, the radar images in their purest state ‘look like fuzz on a television set’.’
      • ‘Looking up, Ashton noticed that the boy was handsome, something the phone didn't quite pick up well, for fuzz had been distorting the screen.’
      • ‘I gesture outside the door, then gaze up at the blue-grey fuzz of images on the bank of security monitors in front of Don.’
      • ‘Everything above her seemed to twist and blur before turning back to the normal fuzz that she was used to.’
      • ‘There was a dull fuzz in her head, images tried to form, secrets whispered gently at the edge of her consciousness but she pushed them aside unsure of her readiness to hear such things.’
      • ‘The tree of heaven opposite the church of Saints Peter and Paul was still entombed deep inside its branches but the faintest yellow-green fuzz had begun to blur the outline of willows on the banks of the River Vistula.’
      • ‘The sea is glassy, frozen into blurry fuzz by time. I want to leave all this and play drums for some semi-famous group.’
      • ‘Though there are imperfections throughout the image (including some nasty edge fuzz and halos), generally speaking the picture is in much better shape than I anticipated.’
      • ‘But eventually, having developed techniques to mask the light, astrophysicists were able to detect fuzz surrounding some of the dimmer quasars.’
      • ‘Some episodes show hardly a scratch or blotch on the print, but some (especially ‘Heart of Steel’) have quite a bit of grain and fuzz on the picture.’
    2. 1.2 A buzzing or distorted sound, especially one deliberately produced as an effect on an electric guitar.
      • ‘The fuzz is extinguished midway through the song to allow the clarity of the acoustic guitar to shine through.’
      • ‘The opening track's menacing buzz may suggest some broad departure, but the warm, familiar fuzzes fasten the fate of the rest of the album as comfortably as Velcro.’
      • ‘Side A (both tracks are untitled) starts out with sputters and belches and general electronic fuzz, like a spacecraft trying to turn over, but ultimately stalled in space's void.’
      • ‘And it does, eventually climaxing into a churning maelstrom of distorted fuzz.’
      • ‘The mysterious noise-rock quartet make jagged, fearsome monoliths of fuzz and distortion that terrorize with ear-bleeding volume and, once in a very rare while, flirt with hummability.’
      • ‘Unlike other strange fuzzes of its kind, the Uglyface can handle chords decently with the right settings.’
      • ‘The guitar is inspiring, churning out power fuzzes and the odd neat riff.’
      • ‘Perhaps tired of being another Swedish retro garage band, Caesars trade in the guitar fuzz for danceable pop-rock on this release.’
      • ‘The fuzz sounds like a hammer hitting sheet metal.’
      • ‘If you're familiar with the band's first album, you'll find yourself longing for the harsh fuzz of blown-out guitar.’
      • ‘Andy Gill kept his guitar chilly, without the blanket of fuzz provided by effects pedals and the agreeable tone of valve amps.’
      • ‘Howl is predominantly acoustic, but so sopped with fuzz and echo that it actually manages to sound much bigger than it is.’
      • ‘In fact, I can honestly say I hated and despised the sound of fuzzes that I had heard.’
      • ‘Electronic fuzz oscillates in the background, as Matters sways in and out of a lilting tune, lines like ‘We played hide and seek in waterfalls’ sharing the same melodic cadence as the album title.’
      • ‘For a few odd and unsettling moments, the song hovers on its own, left virtually untouched except for the subtle fuzz of static in the background.’
      • ‘Stripped of the atmospheric fuzz, his music is so expansive and complex that it borders on symphonic.’
      • ‘But spread out over a 10-minute wall of fuzz and riffs, it starts to ramble.’
      • ‘But that track also has a midsection scored by the hot fuzz of an electric guitar, illustrating Honda's longstanding flair for odd assemblage.’
      • ‘It opens modestly enough with a light fuzz and some shifting.’
      • ‘With the almost inaudible drums barely maintaining a recognisable rhythm, loops, clicks and disembodied sounds build inside the mass as the lead moves in and out of the drone, always threatening to sink right into the fuzz.’
      distortion, buzz, hiss, fizz, buzzing, hissing, fizzing, white noise
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verb

  • 1Make or become blurred or indistinct.

    with object ‘snow fuzzes the outlines of the signs’
    no object ‘tiny detail can be enlarged to poster size without fuzzing out’
    • ‘The team also devised a new rule for the low-resolution automaton that would lead to the same long-term behavior as the original automaton if it were fuzzed at the end.’
    • ‘My thoughts were fuzzing up and I thought I was going to fall.’
    • ‘He said nothing as he took his horse's reins and mounted up, the pain causing sparks to flash behind his eyes and his vision to fuzz a little around the edges.’
    • ‘The screen began to crackle, the picture fuzzed and snowed, as the power in the house began to flux.’
    • ‘Sheehan was reading the papers at the breakfast table one summer Sunday when the upper right-hand quadrant of his vision began to blur and fuzz as if he were adjusting an old TV.’
    • ‘Add some nasty production, have the vocals hiss and fuzz when the vocalist sings loud, or intense, or high, and make the vocals dominate all the other instruments.’
    • ‘The connection fuzzed briefly, then came in, ‘Yeah?’’
    • ‘This scene only lasts for five seconds before fuzzing up and changing back to the morning scene.’
    • ‘They need their own platform, not one just based on fuzzing the two majors' positions together in the name of moderation.’
    • ‘My hypoxic brain fuzzed the question around until suddenly the trail spit out onto an open field, and the finish was only a few hundred good old English yards away.’
    • ‘In this way, you can capture an outbound query, alter or fuzz it and then send it along to the server.’
    • ‘She could easily be dead in minutes, and the pain was starting to fuzz her edges of awareness.’
    • ‘His face fuzzed, blurred and then disappeared completely.’
    • ‘A lot of people will be getting their election news from the Internet, but what we really want is for them to get it direct from the campaign, by email, so the message doesn't get fuzzed by those pesky media, right?’
    • ‘The ‘ghost’ refers to the large aperture which fuzzes out, or ghosts, when you focus on the front sight.’
    • ‘The line was fuzzed over with static for a while, then it came back.’
    • ‘Both albums relish shimmering percussion tracks and blindingly reflective surface washes, whereas others in the alliance fuzz everything out in a glowering haze.’
    • ‘He deserved to have his heart broken, and even five years later, the memories of high school beginning to blur and fuzz in my head, I knew I'd done a pretty good job of it.’
    • ‘You can fuzz the edges and try and see it in different lights, but the fact is that you are paying for sex.’
    • ‘They will return to their partisan duties with a sense of disquiet that will slightly but surely fuzz the intensity of their focus.’
  • 2no object (of hair) become fluffy or frizzy.

    ‘her hair fuzzed out uncontrollably in the heat’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with Dutch voos, Low German fussig ‘spongy’.

Pronunciation

fuzz

/fəz//fəz/

Main definitions of fuzz in English

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fuzz2

noun

the fuzz
informal
  • The police.

    • ‘We'd planned to go to the court house tomorrow to prove we were engaged so the fuzz would get off our backs and quit calling to ‘remind’ us to bring the proof…’
    • ‘This overwhelmingly excellent news was somewhat dented by the further revelation that she could collect the body anytime from the mortuary, but that was hardly the fault of the fuzz.’
    • ‘It's up to the fuzz to put a stop to all the group groping.’
    • ‘Pretty soon the fuzz would get suspicious or it'd turn itself back on through emergency programming.’
    • ‘‘Shh, don't tell the fuzz,’ Hugh was saying in a stage whisper as she passed.’
    • ‘Hopping from heist to heist, with the fuzz getting ever closer, the rivalry that has flared escalates and the cracks in this already untenable threesome begin to widen.’
    • ‘Maybe the fuzz got onto Neal through Jack's book.’
    • ‘But the fuzz won't let Sonny fill his antisocial, autonomous dance card.’
    • ‘It seemed to take forever before the cops, the fuzz, the pigs finally turned and moved single file over the low barrier, back towards that awful blaze, empty-handed and without a perpetrator.’
    • ‘They also plan on dodging any more run-ins with the fuzz.’
    • ‘Instead of letting them march, though, the fuzz split them off into ever-smaller enclaves of ever-more-frustrated would-be street-marchers.’
    • ‘That, coupled with the mere mention of suicide bombing in her essay, was enough to put the fuzz on high alert.’
    • ‘We could be in front of the tour van, finding spots for the guys ahead of time, creating diversions to keep the fuzz out of our way.’
    • ‘There was no way the fuzz would put a stop to my plans this time.’
    • ‘But for Jim, it seemed that the fuzz - sorry, man, pigs - were here.’
    • ‘When viewed at a glance, most individuals probably think that one rat won't squeal on another for the sake of a deal at the hands of the fuzz.’
    • ‘It wound up being right across from a police station, and after a little while the fuzz came out and told us to move.’
    • ‘However, if you are foolish enough to have lots of pirate goodies in your suitcase when arriving at the airport or crossing a border post, expect to have an entertaining and potentially expensive interview with the fuzz.’
    • ‘You shoulda left her in the parking lot and called the fuzz.’
    • ‘To find out who uses a radar detector to avoid the fuzz, we turned to New York City-based Simmons Market Research.’
    police force, police officers, policemen, policewomen, officers of the law, the forces of law and order, law enforcement officers, law enforcement agency
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Origin

1920s (originally US): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

fuzz

/fəz//fəz/