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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


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

Other Words from fuss


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And despite the speed with which smartphones took over our lives, Apple kept making its digital media players without much fuss. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Join a walking club, take a dance class, check out what all the fuss is about the Peloton. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Much fuss is made over Fanny not being conventionally beautiful. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 You're primed to get your life in order without much fuss today, Virgo. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 For this reason alone, the brand has quickly become a go-to for makeup minimalists who enjoy a light and natural beat without too much fuss. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 27 Jan. 2022 Until now: reuniting all five cast members, Amazon Prime has brought back Kids for a sixth season, giving old fans a reason to celebrate and the curious a reason to see what all the fuss was about. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 Galaxy coach Greg Vanney coyly wondered what all the fuss was about. Kevin Baxterstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 After reading of the storied tree from Belize, Heisey hopped on a plane to Florida to see what all the fuss was about. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Known as the de minimis rule, the exemption has been around for decades, deriving its name from the Latin term for something too small to fuss with. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Don’t want to fuss around with a pitcher full of water? Mike Rose, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 There's no promo code to fuss with entering to get these savings. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Discounted prices are shown on the product pages, so there's no need to fuss with entering a promo code. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 4 Mar. 2022 The technology frees parents from having to fuss at their kids about their TV viewing, going so far as to black out the screen when someone is too close. Chris Morris, Fortune, 7 Jan. 2022 Having a bunch of different people to fuss over — probably still crossing boundaries, but spread out widely enough to outrun people’s objections — probably gave her purpose. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Each product is clearly marked with the new low price, so there's no need to fuss over adding a promo code at checkout to get the additional discount. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 28 Dec. 2021 Neighborhood fussbudgets are sure to demand extensive design review of the triplex, a process that take years while neighbors fuss and hassle developers over glazing requirements, curb cuts, color swatches. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fuss


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for fuss

Noun and Verb

origin unknown

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19 May 2022

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More Definitions for fuss


\ 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.


fussed; fussing

Kids Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get excited or upset especially over something unimportant

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