fuss

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noun

1
a
: 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
a
: a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter
in a fuss and stew all afternoonMolly 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 phrasesB. J. Hendricks

fuss

2 of 2

verb

fussed; fussing; fusses

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: to become upset : worry
b
: to express annoyance or pique : complain
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The general idea is: creative cocktail lounge minus all the highfalutin fuss. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 11 July 2024 Ready in less than 10 minutes with no fuss, these retro combos are the ultimate party fare and the easiest dinner for two. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 4 July 2024
Verb
But where the standard Meyers heroine would fuss herself into a fugue state of approbation, Anne remains oddly unruffled. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 29 June 2024 The little Princesses, now five, fussed as Mendola stroked them and tried to hold them in place. Alexandra Horowitz, The New Yorker, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fuss 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1792, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fuss was in 1701

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Cite this Entry

“Fuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuss. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fuss

1 of 2 noun
1
: unnecessary activity or excitement often over something unimportant
2
3
: a great show of interest
made a fuss over the baby

fuss

2 of 2 verb
: to make a fuss
fusser noun

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