Hiss vs Fuzz - What's the difference?

hiss | fuzz |

As nouns the difference between hiss and fuzz

is that hiss is a high-pitched sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc while fuzz is a frizzy mass of hair or fibre or fuzz can be the police.

As verbs the difference between hiss and fuzz

is that hiss is to make a hissing sound while fuzz is to make fuzzy.




  • A high-pitched sound made by a snake, cat, escaping steam, etc.
  • An expression of disapproval made to sound like the noise of a snake.
  • Verb

  • To make a hissing sound.
  • As I started to poke it, the snake hissed at me.
    The arrow hissed through the air.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Shod with steel, / We hissed along the polished ice.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 14 , author=John Elkington , title=John Elkington , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=It turns out that the driver of the red Ferrari that caused the crash wasn't, as I first guessed, a youngster, but a 60-year-old. Clearly, he had energy to spare, which was more than could be said about a panel I listened to around the same time as the crash. Indeed, someone hissed in my ear during a First Magazine awards ceremony in London's imposing Marlborough House on 7 December: "What we need is more old white men on the stage."}}
  • To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xxvii. 36
  • The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee.
  • * Shakespeare
  • if the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them
  • To utter with a hissing sound.
  • * Tennyson
  • the long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise



    (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