foggy vs fuzzy what difference

what is difference between foggy and fuzzy

English

Etymology

From fog +‎ -y, originally in the sense “covered with tall grass; marshy; thick”. It is not clear whether fog (mist) is a back-formation from foggy (covered with tall, obscuring grass) or has a separate Germanic origin, and hence whether foggy (covered with tall grass) and foggy (obscured by mist) represent one word or two. See fog (“mist”; “tall grass”) for more.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɒɡi/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɡi

Adjective

foggy (comparative foggier, superlative foggiest)

  1. Obscured by mist or fog; unclear; hazy
  2. (figuratively) Confused, befuddled, etc.
  3. Being, covered with, or pertaining to fog (tall grass etc that grows after, or is left after, cutting; moss)
    • 1680, Leonard Mascall, The government of cattel. Divided into three books, etc, page 221:
      For they will feed on foggy grass and such like. Also ye shall understand that horses and Cattel may not well be foddered in Winter all together, but []
    • 1772, William Ellis, Husbandry, abriged, page 98:
      [] for as he shuts up his meadow at Christmas, leaves such foggy grass behind, and manures well, in case a wet hot summer succeeds, []
    • 1808, John Stagg, Miscellaneous Poems, Some of which are in the Cumberland and Scottish Dialects, page 143:
      See swingin’ owr the foggy swaird, Begrac’d wi’ angel features, []

Derived terms

  • fogginess

Translations

References



English

Etymology

Uncertain. Apparently from fuzz +‎ -y, though some sources suggest that fuzz derives from fuzzy. Compare fozy, or Low German fussig (loose; spongy).

Pronunciation

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

Adjective

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.
    My recollection of that event is fuzzy.
  3. Not clear; unfocused.
    I finally threw out a large stack of fuzzy photos.
  4. (computing theory) Employing or relating to fuzzy logic.

Synonyms

  • (covered with fuzz):
  • (vague or imprecise): ambiguous, equivocal; see also Thesaurus:vague
  • (not clear): blurry, ill-defined; see also Thesaurus:indistinct

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

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.
  3. (slang) A person, especially a college student, interested in humanities or social sciences, as opposed to one interested in mathematics, science, or engineering.
  4. (slang, military) A soldier with the rank of private.

Derived terms

  • warm fuzzy

References

  • fuzzy, adj. Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  • fuzzy. Frederick C. Mish (Editor in Chief), Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Merriam-Webster, 1994. →OCLC

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