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

Despite such bluster on the general’s behalf, the fuss will not go away. The Economist, "Scandal swirls around Thailand’s junta at an awkward moment," 1 Feb. 2018 For beautiful hostess gifts, interior designer Amanda Lindroth’s easy breezy island store on South County Road has all the essentials with none of the fuss. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Here’s Why Palm Beach Has Become a Destination for Young Interior Designers," 7 Dec. 2018 All that remains is a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown, which is expected soon (though there’s a bit of fuss around that — more on that in a second). David Roberts, Vox, "California is this close to its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity," 31 Aug. 2018 That was the case here, blunting enough of Belgium’s typically rampant attack to survive and advance with the minimum of fuss. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "France knocks off Belgium to reach World Cup final," 10 July 2018 Preternaturally poised with a pre-Raphaelite presence joined to palpable strength, actress McKenzie conveys all this quiet assurance with a minimum of fuss. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "'Leave No Trace' is a reminder that the movie world is better with Debra Granik in it," 28 June 2018 Despite all of the fuss and buzz about digital, there is still a spot for local radio in people’s lives. Lynn Petrak, chicagotribune.com, "There will always be a special place for old-fashioned radio," 28 June 2018 The food his cooks make is simple and simply served, with a minimum of narrative fuss. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 For extra points, borrow your copy from of your local public institution to get a whiff of what all the fuss is about. Vogue, "Need a New Read? Here Are the 4 Books We’re Loving Right Now," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The combination of vintage Herman Miller pieces and work by Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec brothers, and more, is just right—playful without seeming fussed-over. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Anne, in poor health and perpetual petulance, is fussed over and not-so-subtly controlled by Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), a court noblewoman who’s learned that pleasing the queen (in every way) brings its own pleasures. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘The Favourite’ review: an irresistibly nasty tale of lust, power and pet bunnies," 4 Dec. 2018 Eyebrows haven't been so collectively fussed over probably since maybe ever. Sable Yong, Allure, "How to Contour Your Brows With Benefit's New 4-in-1 Brow Contour Pro," 6 Aug. 2018 That’s another reason why private-equity firms aren’t that fussed about holding things longer. Luis Garcia, WSJ, "Quantum Energy Collects $5.6 Billion for Its Latest Fund," 7 Aug. 2018 All pooling experiences haven’t left all passengers fussing over trivial things. Kiana Cornish, WSJ, "‘Ride from Hell’: Carpooling in the Age of Uber Can Be…Awkward," 6 Dec. 2018 While royal fans were fussing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's impending departure from Kensington Palace this weekend, Angelina Jolie secretly met with another member of the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Had a Royal Meeting Over the Weekend and We Missed It," 26 Nov. 2018 Birds chirp, two assistants chase after a small dog named Biggie, a makeup artist fusses over primer and lash glue. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Photo: Medin Halilovic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images For European politicians, the Chinese alternative promises quick results and less fuss over contracts and transparency than typically found in the West. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe," 5 Nov. 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 and Verb

origin unknown

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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
US : 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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