fuss

noun
\ ˈfəs How to pronounce fuss (audio) \

Definition of fuss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : needless bustle or excitement They got down to business without any fuss.
b : a show of flattering attention made a big fuss over his favorite niece
2a : a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter in a fuss and stew all afternoon— Molly L. Bar-David
b : objection, protest She accepted the new assignment without any fuss.
c : an often petty controversy or quarrel the fuss they are raising … over certain words and phrases— B. J. Hendricks

fuss

verb
fussed; fussing; fusses

Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to create or be in a state of restless activity especially : to shower flattering attentions fussing over the grandchildren
b : to pay close or undue attention to small details fussed with her hair
2a : to become upset : worry
b : to express annoyance or pique : complain

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Other Words from fuss

Verb

fusser noun

Examples of fuss in a Sentence

Noun

They got down to business without any fuss. What is all the fuss about? Her new novel has caused quite a fuss. I don't want to make a fuss, but this soup is cold.

Verb

She'll fuss the whole time we're gone. I told him not to fuss. The baby fussed all day. Stop fussing and get to work! He's fussing about his new assignment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Now is not the time to make a fuss about piss-water beer. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "14 Ways to Exude Big Dick Energy at Any Barbecue," 2 July 2018 Try Caesarstone’s concrete options for a matte finish minus the fuss. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Caesarstone Countertops," 5 Apr. 2019 There was much talk and fuss over Cara Delevingne breaking royal protocol last month at Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Texted Princess Eugenie About Her Suit Before the Wedding," 14 Nov. 2018 Holmes slipped on a no-fuss style (baggy fit, straight leg) that had a twist: an asymmetrical button fly and a large quilted patch, shaped like a star on the left thigh. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation," 22 Apr. 2019 In Victoria's case, that means everything has to be super practical: Clothes are made for wearing and food is meant for eating—no fuss about it. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "The Getting-Dressed Trick That Helps Your Career," 16 Apr. 2019 Williams, who shares a one-year-old daughter with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, also imparted some no-fuss parenting advice to the future royal mom. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 No matter which size piques your interest, each comes with a microSD slot for easy storage expansion, a bouncy case that will protect it, a year subscription to kid-friendly content, and a no-fuss two-year warranty. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "This week’s best deal takes $100 off an Xbox One console with purchase of Red Dead Redemption 2," 27 Oct. 2018 The no-fuss look comes together with just a few black pieces, cat ears, and cat makeup, making it a purr-fect last-minute costume for kids or adults. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Purr-fect Cat Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s a dexterous, gibberish-spouting clown on hand (Andrey Kislitsin) who has a funny extended gag fussing with washing machines on the fritz. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta,’ acro-bicyclists soar and an aerialist hovers in the air by her hair," 18 Sep. 2018 Stepping out in New York City this weekend, Hadid wore black in a cool, no-fuss way. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Supermodel Guide to Wearing All Black," 21 July 2018 The combination of vintage Herman Miller pieces and work by Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers, and more, is just right—playful without seeming fussed-over. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Anne, in poor health and perpetual petulance, is fussed over and not-so-subtly controlled by Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), a court noblewoman who’s learned that pleasing the queen (in every way) brings its own pleasures. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘The Favourite’ review: an irresistibly nasty tale of lust, power and pet bunnies," 4 Dec. 2018 Eyebrows haven't been so collectively fussed over probably since maybe ever. Sable Yong, Allure, "How to Contour Your Brows With Benefit's New 4-in-1 Brow Contour Pro," 6 Aug. 2018 That’s another reason why private-equity firms aren’t that fussed about holding things longer. Luis Garcia, WSJ, "Quantum Energy Collects $5.6 Billion for Its Latest Fund," 7 Aug. 2018 All pooling experiences haven’t left all passengers fussing over trivial things. Kiana Cornish, WSJ, "‘Ride from Hell’: Carpooling in the Age of Uber Can Be…Awkward," 6 Dec. 2018 While royal fans were fussing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's impending departure from Kensington Palace this weekend, Angelina Jolie secretly met with another member of the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Had a Royal Meeting Over the Weekend and We Missed It," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fuss

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1792, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for fuss

Noun and Verb

origin unknown

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More Definitions for fuss

fuss

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fuss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: activity or excitement that is unusual and that often is not wanted or necessary
: an expression of anger or complaint especially about something that has little importance

fuss

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become upset or worried
US : to show that you are annoyed or unhappy

fuss

noun
\ ˈfəs How to pronounce fuss (audio) \

Kids Definition of fuss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : unnecessary activity or excitement often over something unimportant
2 : protest entry 2 sense 1 He took the medicine without any fuss.
3 : a great show of interest Everyone made a fuss over the baby.

fuss

verb
fussed; fussing

Kids Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get excited or upset especially over something unimportant

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