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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times Cheap, nourishing, eminently available and fuss-free, the humble potato is just the thing for these days and weeks of stay-at-home, nearly nonstop cooking. David Tanis, New York Times, "How to Make the Most of Potatoes," 8 May 2020 Make a simple dinner that feels fancy Kenny Gilbert, who has cooked for Oprah Winfrey and is gearing up to open a restaurant in Raleigh, NC, offers a fuss-free suggestion that feels fresh: red quinoa and jasmine rice congee. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "A Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Birthdays at Home," 4 May 2020 But the judge's decision on adjournment didn't occur without a fuss. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Johnny Depp's Libel Trial Gets Postponed Because of Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Ideal for fuss-free breakfast prep, the Deluxe version is even more affordable than ever thanks to this $6 discount, but don't wait too long, since this could definitely sell out soon. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Everyone's favorite instant egg cooker is finally on sale again," 26 Feb. 2020 Get ready to make this holiday season the simplest, easiest, and most fuss-free ever. Lauren Swanson And Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "37 of the Best Last-Minute Gift Ideas on Amazon at Every Price Point," 18 Dec. 2019 Take note, above all, of the elegant, fuss-free simplicity with which Almodóvar dips from the present into the past, and back again. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Pain and Glory” Tells Autumnal Truths," 4 Oct. 2019 For the minimalists, this compact cutlery kit from cookware brand BergHOFF is a practical, fuss-free option. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "TSA-Approved Utensils That Are Actually Cute," 27 Aug. 2019 But this isn’t going to ruin college sports, any more than the gargantuan TV deals and corporate sponsors did, and before long everybody will wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Finger: NCAA one step closer to massive change," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These are the lawyers Coleman was fussing about in his meandering reply at the candidate forum. al, "DOJ accused congressional candidate’s company of fraud. He blames ... Obama.," 17 Jan. 2020 These champion criers spend three or more hours each day fussing and wailing inconsolably. Patricia Waldron, New York Times, "All Babies Cry, but How Much Is Too Much?," 18 Apr. 2020 What better way to taste some of the most buzzed-about, fussed-over, vehemently debated pizza than on a road trip? Autotrader, Bon Appétit, "The Ultimate Pizza Road Trip of the Northeast," 18 Feb. 2020 Sleep when the baby sleeps My strategy worked; Miles fussed for a bit and then (hallelujah!) fell into a slumber for about four hours. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive a Red-Eye Flight With a Baby," 13 Sep. 2019 Sanders still projects a distinctly Southern brand of soft-spokenness, one that’s equal parts humility and aversion to fuss. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Yorker, "“If You’re in the Song, Keep on Playing”: An Interview With Pharoah Sanders," 12 Jan. 2020 Scores of volunteers and gardeners were on hand to plant the new trees, mulch them and fuss over them. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Golden Gate Park turns 150 and has one more tree to show for it," 28 Jan. 2020 According to a press release, the purchase is a play to expand Corsair’s reach toward more gamers who don’t want to fuss with building their own PCs. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Corsair has acquired enthusiast PC builder Origin PC," 24 July 2019 There is no point in fussing with 1.5-points either way. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks odds, picks and best bets," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Fuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuss. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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



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


\ 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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