fuss

noun
\ ˈfəs \

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

fuss

verb
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

Verb

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

The NuBus slot is taken up by an Ethernet card for fast networking, and this should connect the IIsi to the Internet with limited fuss. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?," 1 July 2018 Rault is an auteur, laying down gorgeous harmonies with his lead vocals and cutting out any trace of fat—these songs get the job done with little fuss. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Montreal pop auteur Michael Rault summons the spirit of 70 AM pop radio on It’s a New Day Tonight," 29 June 2018 That, as Andrew Erickson of America’s Naval War College argues, has allowed China to get its way with less fuss. The Economist, "China has militarised the South China Sea and got away with it," 21 June 2018 But Swift accepted a literal olive branch from Perry this spring with little fuss, simply posting a photo of the gift to Instagram. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The New Women of Pop Are Choosing Sisterhood Over Competition," 21 June 2018 What Really Happened: Remember all the fuss when the president replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter? Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The Stormy Daniels Front Continues to Roll In," 1 Apr. 2018 Justin's hair is visibly shorter, but other than that, the cut isn't all that outrageously different, which is def making us wonder what all the hat-wearing fuss was about. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "BEHOLD: Justin Bieber's ~Mysterious~ New Haircut Has Been Revealed!," 29 Apr. 2015 Won’t the World Cup sort of detract from the fuss over NBA free agency? Jason Gay, WSJ, "How the NBA Stole the Fourth of July," 28 June 2018 The service was pleasant and efficient, without a lot of fuss of to-do. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Perch at Blackbird Eatery for Mary Swortwood's latest," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perfectionists: Stop worrying and fussing about not reaching the top. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "No, you don’t need a perfect 850 FICO score," 13 July 2018 When the Nordic dark settled in, so early, The children, blanketed in white, began to fuss at sleep, and cry. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Giraffe," 14 Mar. 2018 Bowls are perfect for busy people who don’t want to have to fuss with a separate side plate for salad. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Minutes before the start of the race, Tom-Jelte Slagter is still fussing over his bicycle, adjusting the brake caliper on the rear wheel, searching for just the right setting. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Set the pace, block wind, fetch water — these guys do everything but win," 16 May 2018 On the morning of one of the biggest days of his life, David Tepper stood in the lobby of The Whitley Hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, fussing over his sleeves. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Besides forgetting his cuff links, Panthers new owner appears off to a good start | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 Earwigs are unusual among insects in that the female fusses over her eggs and nymphs, and uses her pincers to protect them. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Earwigs In Your Garden—And Keep Them From Getting In Your House," 29 Mar. 2017 The shining example is the Knock Out rose, planted by the millions and defining office parks, hotel parking lots and home gardens where the owner doesn’t want to fuss with the plant life. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018 Father Fusco, the rector of that church, fussed over Mother’s Day, belting out the Ave Maria in his worst Queens accent, telling us how every mother was connected to Mary. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "The mother of all contrived holidays," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of fuss

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1792, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for fuss

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

see fuss entry 1

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More Definitions for fuss

fuss

noun

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

fuss

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become upset or worried

: to show that you are annoyed or unhappy

fuss

noun
\ ˈfəs \

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.

fuss

verb
fussed; fussing

Kids Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get excited or upset especially over something unimportant

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