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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 See what all the fuss is about on a low-key tour of the Cape Winelands, located just an hour east of Cape Town by private car. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 However, those anxieties didn't deter moviegoers from turning out en masse to see what all the fuss was about. NBC News, "'Joker' smashes October box office record with $93.5M debut," 6 Oct. 2019 Others may use it as a reason to check out the thriller just to see what the fuss is all about. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Joker' expected to break box office records as controversy and anxiety swirls," 4 Oct. 2019 Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams is ready to see what the fuss is all about. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "The Ravens ‘got tired’ of hearing about the Browns all offseason, says safety Earl Thomas," 25 Sep. 2019 Luckily dressing the part won’t require much fuss or high dramatics, since this year memorable movie style happened to be totally wearable. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "7 Shockingly Chic Movie Costume Ideas to Steal for Halloween," 18 Oct. 2019 Amanda Stanton doesn’t understand why there’s such a fuss over her daughter’s recent bathing-suit photo. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Amanda Stanton Defends 5½-Year-Old Daughter's Bathing-Suit Selfie Despite 'Sick People Out There'," 23 Sep. 2019 Jaap Buitendijk—Focus Features Beyond the royal fuss, the Downton movie returns to a central question of the original television show: how a place like Downton Abbey might fit into the modern era. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real History Behind the Downton Abbey Movie," 20 Sep. 2019 So people hoping to see what the recent fuss was all about might not have the optimal experience. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Want a Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich? Bring Your Own Bun," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That was nearly 20 years ago and Barbara still fusses a little about the rush. al, "Flora-Bama songs and stories: A day at the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival," 17 Nov. 2019 This observational documentary is a tribute to the incredible craft of haute couture, meticulously fussed and fitted and fretted over by Saint Laurent, an army of seamstresses and Bergé. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Long-awaited Yves Saint Laurent documentary ‘Celebration’ provides rare access," 17 Oct. 2019 The model doesn’t fuss when the camera lens encroaches on her personal space or protest when her handler adjusts her body for a more charitable angle. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 That exciting journey now involves baby Moses, who occasionally can be heard fussing on a nearby baby monitor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall's Comeback Is Finally Here — And It Was Worth the Wait," 4 Sep. 2019 Techies often boast that they are less fussed about owning and acquiring things, which make tight quarters more bearable. The Economist, "How robotic furniture will improve our lives," 23 Aug. 2019 Roommates at the University of Georgia fussed over whose bed would be closer to the aromatherapy station. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "If you give a co-ed a chandelier," 13 Aug. 2019 In her five years as my lady-in-waiting, she’s taken every moment possible to fuss over me, as protective as my parents. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 Anchorage-San Francisco: Alaska Air is fussing over all things California lately. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Do you like cheap plane tickets? You’re in luck this month," 22 June 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Fuss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuss?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fuss0001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce fuss (audio)

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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