Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Dirty; grimy.
  • adjective Disreputable; sleazy.

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  • adjective Dirty or grimy.
  • adjective Disreputable; sleazy.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From scuzz, a disgusting person or thing, possibly from blend of scum and fuzz.]

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1960's, US, colloquial, expressive coinage, with influence from scum, fuzzy, lousy, sleazy. First attested use is in reference to Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy (1969).

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