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fuss

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noun \ˈfəs\

Definition of fuss

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter in a fuss and stew all afternoon — Molly L. Bar-Davidb :  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

Examples of fuss in a sentence

  1. They got down to business without any fuss.

  2. What is all the fuss about?

  3. Her new novel has caused quite a fuss.

  4. I don't want to make a fuss, but this soup is cold.

Origin and Etymology of fuss

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1701


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fuss

verb

Definition of fuss

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to create or be in a state of restless activity; especially :  to shower flattering attentions fussing over the grandchildrenb :  to pay close or undue attention to small details fussed with her hair

  3. 2a :  to become upset :  worryb :  to express annoyance or pique :  complain

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  agitate, upset

fusser

noun

Examples of fuss in a sentence

  1. She'll fuss the whole time we're gone.

  2. I told him not to fuss.

  3. The baby fussed all day.

  4. Stop fussing and get to work!

  5. He's fussing about his new assignment.

Origin and Etymology of fuss

see 1fuss


First Known Use: 1792



FUSS Defined for English Language Learners

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fuss

play
noun \ˈfəs\

Definition of fuss for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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fuss

verb

Definition of fuss for English Language Learners

  • : to be or become upset or worried

  • : to show that you are annoyed or unhappy


FUSS Defined for Kids

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fuss

play
noun \ˈfəs\

Definition of fuss for Students

  1. 1 :  unnecessary activity or excitement often over something unimportant

  2. 2 :  2protest 1 He took the medicine without any fuss.

  3. 3 :  a great show of interest Everyone made a fuss over the baby.


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fuss

play
verb

Definition of fuss for Students

fussed

;

fussing

  1. :  to get excited or upset especially over something unimportant



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