Definition of fuzzy in US English:



  • 1Having a frizzy, fluffy, or frayed texture or appearance.

    ‘fuzzy fake-fur throw pillows’
    • ‘After drying, and brushing, and pulling and brushing and drying some more, my hair was one huge, frizzy, fuzzy mop.’
    • ‘She wore a sweatshirt to protect her from the chill and cotton pajama pants with dark blue fuzzy slippers.’
    • ‘Although, she had to admit, those dark pink fuzzy boots that came up to her knees were kind of nice.’
    • ‘The odorless leaves have a fuzzy texture, are without lobes, and turn a brilliant yellow in autumn.’
    • ‘He's a huge man who's been a football marketers dream because of his trademark fuzzy black hair.’
    • ‘On Thursday, Little Emily named this little clown doll with fuzzy hot pink hair ‘baby Vee’.’
    • ‘The tiny child had large green eyes, a fuzzy patch of red-brown hair, and a healthy glow in her skin.’
    • ‘These extraordinary dinner companions offer the textures and flavors of fuzzy peaches, margaritas, and blackberries.’
    • ‘He curled up into a small, fuzzy ball and fell asleep.’
    • ‘By the looks of her fuzzy hair and her tired eyes, it appears as though Stephanie fell asleep in the hospital.’
    • ‘Once the fuzzy grey fungal growth appears on the foliage, causing it to discolour and rapidly deteriorate, the disease may then spread into the main body of the plant.’
    • ‘This was because of my fuzzy hair, not because of my amazing literary talent.’
    • ‘I had a closer look at these guys and the white appears to be like fuzzy hairs.’
    • ‘The hefty construction and fuzzy texture of felt lets you create structured shapes without sacrificing softness.’
    • ‘Look for seeds rotted in the soil that are soft and slimy to the touch or overgrown with other fungi and bacteria, giving the seed a fuzzy appearance.’
    • ‘Be careful not to overtouch the curls or they may become fuzzy or frizzy.’
    • ‘Generally, urchins have longer spines; sand dollars have shorter spines which give them a fuzzy appearance.’
    • ‘As the large, loose clusters of tiny greenish flower blossoms fade, the flower stalks get longer and by midsummer are covered with fuzzy purple or pink hairs.’
    • ‘Its lance-shaped, slightly fuzzy, bright to dark green leaves are edged in bright white and are arranged alternately on the stems.’
    • ‘When boys reach puberty their fuzzy black hair is allowed to grow.’
    downy, down-covered, frizzy, woolly, velvety, silky, silken, satiny, linty, napped, soft
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  • 2Difficult to perceive clearly or understand and explain precisely; indistinct or vague.

    ‘the picture is very fuzzy’
    ‘that fuzzy line between right and wrong’
    • ‘Vernacular psychology has it that emotions are irreducibly mysterious, too fuzzy and indistinct to analyse beyond a certain point.’
    • ‘The element being used to flesh out this film to its original version is hampered by a fuzzy, indistinct print that has color and contrast issues.’
    • ‘But the collision of an uptown venue with a downtown theme only pokes fun at the fuzzy lines now dividing these camps.’
    • ‘The point is with getting the right slant on facts, such facts as we have, which are always incomplete and often indistinct and fuzzy.’
    • ‘Did the blurred lines, fuzzy details and vibrant colours of the great Impressionist painters represent a new philosophical and abstract interpretation of the world?’
    • ‘It's a fuzzy line; it's still an activity but it's much more integrated with our other activities.’
    • ‘The fuzzy notion of democracy was despised by scholars prior to the seventeenth century.’
    • ‘If you want to do something specific, you do not want to rely on fuzzy and vague license language.’
    • ‘There is a fuzzy line between contracting out for services from industry, and simply enlisting industry in the cause.’
    • ‘The field in front of her swam and became fuzzy and indistinct.’
    • ‘Well, we're all legitimate journalists today, and that's a line that's very fuzzy now.’
    • ‘It's a choice she knows many actresses would have shunned, blurring as it does the already fuzzy line between performance and porn.’
    • ‘These fuzzy notions were enough to make me theoretically opposed to the current rulers of Iran, but not informed enough to recommend an alternative.’
    • ‘But it was thin, like an old-time wireframe, and its edges were fuzzy and indistinct.’
    • ‘‘If that was a line in the sand, it was certainly a fuzzy, wavy line in the sand,’ he scoffed.’
    • ‘Some shots sometimes appeared fuzzy, but overall the transfer is very good.’
    • ‘The footage is grainy, dark, and fuzzy, and it bounces around a lot.’
    • ‘The screen makes a fuzzy line between where the architecture ends and where the performance medium begins, giving this project great vitality.’
    • ‘Neither picture turned out, both were fuzzy and dark; you could barely make out the lantern hovering behind us.’
    • ‘Interior shots can be dark and fuzzy, murky; at times, definition is low.’
    blurry, blurred, indistinct
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    1. 2.1 (of a person or the mind) unable to think clearly; confused.
      ‘my mind felt fuzzy’
      • ‘Even if you're fuzzy on the details most people have heard of the stunningly beautiful Helen of Troy and the Trojan horse.’
      • ‘She wondered, only slightly for her mind was fuzzy at the mere presence of him being so close to her, if this was a result of his emotions.’
      • ‘I was fuzzy and disoriented after three weeks of cityhopping.’
      • ‘I'm fuzzy on the details; I fell into a sugar coma at some point.’
      • ‘If you're still fuzzy about the company's prospects, or the numbers, think twice about making an investment.’
      • ‘Her mind was so fuzzy it felt as if the entire room around her swayed.’
      • ‘Her mind was fuzzy and she had a pounding headache.’
      • ‘She didn't know what to do, her mind was fuzzy, and it was Shawn's doing.’
      • ‘Carlie vaguely thought that she recognized the voice, but her mind was too fuzzy and blurry to connect it to a person.’
      • ‘Then his fuzzy mind registered the breathing and the heavy weight on his chest, and he stopped breathing.’
      • ‘His mind was fuzzy, like it gets before he has his bursts of madness.’
      • ‘In short, my mind is fuzzy rather than well defined.’
      • ‘When I woke my mind was fuzzy and my eyes didn't really want to open.’
      • ‘It flashed irrationally through my still fuzzy mind that perhaps he was going to tell me it was all a joke and he didn't care about me at all.’
      • ‘Her mind was fuzzy, and after a moment she vaguely remembered the night before.’
      • ‘If you are fuzzy about how many grams of carbs you are currently chowing down daily, take the path of least resistance and simply cut your portions of carbs in half.’
      • ‘However, my mind is still fuzzy, unable to make sense out of everything, just getting small glimpses and a feeling of fear and urgency.’
      • ‘I am fuzzy as to the grounds we would have for such action, however.’
      • ‘Both he and King were fuzzy about the exact recording and date, but nevertheless, had fun reminiscing about the old days.’
      • ‘He was still fuzzy from the excess consumption at last night's birthday drinks, and appeared at the door in sunglasses.’
      confused, muddled, addled, fuddled, befuddled, groggy, disoriented, disorientated, mixed up, fazed, perplexed, dizzy, stupefied, benumbed
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    2. 2.2 (of popular music or electric instruments) having or producing a distorted buzzing tone; fuzzed.
      ‘swathes of layered, fuzzy guitar’
      • ‘They know exactly when to unleash the bombastic, fuzzy electric guitar to propel a sunny-day strummer to psych rock heaven.’
      • ‘They even turn the amps up and indulge in a little fuzzy guitar noodling near the end, but the song still plods along the nap time path.’
      • ‘For some people it's all about the song, and they just can't find the tune beneath all the fuzzy guitar noise.’
      • ‘For the melancholic pop songs provide a nice foil for the fuzzy guitars and rock out moments that came earlier.’
      • ‘Ethan's drumming is less in your face than that of their departed sticksman, allowing crunching, jangling and fuzzy guitars to get a go of the limelight.’
      • ‘The mix of fuzzy guitar anthems and geek-boy balladry is nothing new, but the fun is in the details.’
      • ‘And so, the album ends on an unexpectedly strong point, fuzzy guitars purring out simple, yet wonderful riffs.’
      • ‘The rhythms come from ragga, drum 'n' bass, even Bollywood, while punk's fuzzy guitar broadsides pepper the choruses.’
      • ‘Aha, the fuzzy guitars are back, with Latinesque percussion.’
      • ‘Indeed, it's that track which kick-starts the album in such compulsive fashion, unfolding in a headspinning whirlwind of fuzzy guitars and nasally vocals.’
      • ‘It contains a yearning fuzzy electricified guitar mixed with a looping acoustic melody.’
      • ‘In the early to mid nineties, fuzzy guitars and pumping bass lines were de rigueur.’
      • ‘The result is charming: twelve short, funny, fast songs about English life with fuzzy guitars and good tunes.’
      • ‘It's especially difficult not to like it if you dig bratty girl vocals, fuzzy guitars and snotty lyrics about teenage life.’
      • ‘Germany's Redondo Beat makes no secret of its lust for the fuzzy riffs and laidback drone perfected in the '60s.’
      • ‘And part of the appeal is the startlingly crisp and fresh sound, a million miles away from the airbrushed fuzzy melange of most guitar bands these days.’
      • ‘His fuzzy guitar chews at the song's foundations from every angle, but it never gives way, instead appropriately fading away.’
      • ‘It is packed with people who enjoy the fuzzy guitar tone interlaced with an upbeat rhythm section and often fronted by a spacey vocal presentation.’
      • ‘It's got the whole indie-hillbilly thing going, with lots of mandolins and footstomping and fuzzy guitars etc but it's all just a little flat.’
      • ‘This blast of a CD opens up with one long fuzzy overblown riff that is the greatest rejection of the narcissistic tortured mumblings that currently prevail in much of the rock fraternity.’
  • 3Computing Logic
    Relating to a form of set theory and logic in which predicates may have degrees of applicability, rather than simply being true or false. It has important uses in artificial intelligence and the design of control systems.

    • ‘It's not so far out of the feasibility ballpark to suggest that advances in fuzzy logic and neural networks will create stunning possibilities alongside the leaps in processing power.’
    • ‘An adaptive fuzzy control system prioritizes files for broadcast delivery or acquisition.’
    • ‘Although this may be the most obvious application area for fuzzy logic, it does require that the appropriate mode of action for a given situation be known.’
    • ‘Risk measurement with this fuzzy logic system produces an interval scale that enables some parametric analysis.’
    • ‘Process monitoring is performed by a controller that uses fuzzy logic and neural network technology.’