Blur vs Fuzz - What's the difference?

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In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between blur and fuzz

is that blur is (obsolete) a moral stain or blot while fuzz is (obsolete) a state of befuddlement.

As verbs the difference between blur and fuzz

is that blur is to make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim while fuzz is to make fuzzy.

As nouns the difference between blur and fuzz

is that blur is a smear, smudge or blot while fuzz is a frizzy mass of hair or fibre or fuzz can be the police.



(wikipedia blur)


  • To make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim.
  • to blur a photograph by moving the camera while taking it
  • To smear, stain or smudge.
  • to blur a manuscript by handling it while damp
  • To become indistinct.
  • To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.
  • * J. R. Drake
  • Her eyes are blurred with the lightning's glare.
  • To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.
  • * Hudibras
  • Sarcasms may eclipse thine own, / But cannot blur my lost renown.


    (en noun)
  • A smear, smudge or blot
  • Something that appears hazy or indistinct
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=26 citation , passage=Maccario, it was evident, did not care to take the risk of blundering upon a picket, and a man led them by twisting paths until at last the hacienda rose blackly before them. Appleby could see it dimly, a blur of shadowy buildings with the ridge of roof parapet alone cutting hard and sharp against the clearing sky.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=June 29 , author=Kevin Mitchell , title=Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=The fightback when it came was in the Federer fashion: unfussy, filled with classy strokes from the back with perfectly timed interventions at the net that confounded his opponent. The third set passed in a bit of a blur , the fourth, which led to the second tie-break, was the most dramatic of the match. }}
  • (obsolete) A moral stain or blot.
  • * Udall
  • Lest she will with her railing set a great blur on mine honesty and good name.

    Derived terms

    * motion blur





    (wikipedia fuzz)

    Etymology 1

    * Some dictionaries suggest a Germanic source * Some dictionaries suggest a


  • 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.
  • A blurred image.
  • (computing) The random data used in fuzz testing.
  • (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 ?ay, I never ?aw the like.


  • To make fuzzy.
  • To become fuzzy.
  • (dated) To make drunk.
  • (Wood)

    Etymology 2



  • The police.
  • * 2009 , , 0:26:17:
  • Let's get the hell out of here before the fuzz turns up