fuzzy vs muzzy what difference

what is difference between fuzzy and muzzy



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


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


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.


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

Derived terms



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


  • 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



Etymology 1


muzzy (comparative muzzier, superlative muzziest)

  1. (dialect, Northern England) Hazy, indistinct, blurred, unfocussed.
    • 1979, Journal – Association for Recorded Sound Collections
      The Handel excerpts are afflicted with a combination of high surface noise from the source material as well as variably muzzy sound.
  2. Dazed; bewildered; tipsy.
  • (hazy): See Thesaurus:indistinct or Thesaurus:nebulous
  • (bewildered): confused, puzzled, perplexed; see also Thesaurus:confused
  • (tipsy): buzzed, merry; see also Thesaurus:drunk
Derived terms
  • muzzily
  • muzziness

Etymology 2

Alternative forms

  • muzzie
  • Muzzy


muzzy (plural muzzies)

  1. (slang, offensive) A Muslim.

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