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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).

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

Etymologies

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

Possibly from blend of scum and fuzz1.

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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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