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warm and fuzzy

1. noun A highly sentimental, reassuring, and comforting emotional response. Sometimes hyphenated. If all you want out of a relationship is a constant source of the warm and fuzzies, then you are going to have a hard time finding meaningful, long-term connections with people. I got such warm-and-fuzzies from visiting the lake house again after so many years.
2. noun A thing or situation designed to provoke or evoke such an emotional response. Sometimes hyphenated. Toys that people grow up with tend to become a sort of warm-and-fuzzy for them later in life.
3. adjective Particularly sentimental, reassuring, and comforting, as of an emotional response. Sometimes hyphenated. My dad was never a warm-and-fuzzy type of guy, but, in his own way, he always let us know that he loved us. I love this movie, it always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I watch it.
See also: and, fuzzy, warm

warm and fuzzy

Friendly, affectionate, amiable. Originally used to describe a textile fabric that was literally warm and fuzzy, the term began to be used figuratively by the 1930s. Lee Child used it in Persuader (2003), “‘You still feel all warm and fuzzy about this Gorowski guy?’ She nodded. ‘It would be a tragedy to bust him.’”
See also: and, fuzzy, warm
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Ultimately, the trouble with many of these retreats and programs was not the mode of introduction, but the fruits of the instruction, which were also invariably warm and fuzzy.
Furthermore, He will demand an accounting of our lives, and that's not a warm and fuzzy idea.
I've had to "give up warm and fuzzy feelings," and it's reassuring to have Saint John's idea that (perhaps) it's "to draw closer to the one who ultimately is revealed as a living flame of love."
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It's enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about our own, especially if, like Morgan, one day of manual labour is enough to send you off crying to casualty with a sprained wrist.
From our perspective it may be necessary to give up warm and fuzzy religious feelings, or have them taken from us by God to draw closer to the One who first comes to us in darkness, but who ultimately is revealed, as John writes, as a living flame of love.
He demonstrates his devotion to this idealism through his virtuoso handicraft--a careful, delicate gluing down and subsequent decorating of his favored felt and string--which seems only the slightest touch ironic; his frank portrayals that neither play up nor play down the relationships among his subjects; and the simple pleasantness of his images, down no the last warm and fuzzy detail.
True to schmaltzy Hollywood form, Cynthia eventually has a change of heart, and EDtv turns warm and fuzzy. It loses its satirical edge, almost becoming a celebration of the media debauchery it depicts.
All the more reason to wallow in the warm and fuzzy delights of a Yuletide celebration with more than a hint of yesteryear.
Nan gets all warm and fuzzy when reuniting animals with their families.