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

  • adj. Slang Dirty; grimy: scuzzy floors.
  • adj. Slang Disreputable; sleazy: "ran a scuzzy operation” ( Myra MacPherson).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


Possibly from blend of scum and fuzz1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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). (Wiktionary)



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