Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FUZZLE, n. Liquor. esp. enough to intoxicate slightly. Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie v.:
The Laird at his wonted hour, in his usual seat, with his accustomed beverage, or what he called his “fuzzle” before him.

Hence fuzzly, muddle-headed, like one slightly tipsy. Dmf. 1866 J. W. Carlyle Letters (ed. Froude 1883) III. 307:
With a cold in my head, dating from before Christmas! . . . Fuzzly is the word for how I feel all through.

[From obs. Eng. fuzzle, to intoxicate, make drunk, fuddle.]

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