fuss·​bud·​get ˈfəs-ˌbə-jət How to pronounce fussbudget (audio)
: one who fusses or is fussy especially about trifles
fussbudgety adjective

Example Sentences

a customer who's a real fussbudget about wanting her food very hot
Recent Examples on the Web But Schulz soon began fleshing out his cast with more eccentric, more specific, more driven characters: Schroeder, piano prodigy and Beethoven superfan; Lucy, vain fussbudget and perpetually aggrieved scold; Linus, thumb-sucking philosopher. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, 29 Aug. 2019 The progressive mayor of New York wanted a mega financial institution to anchor his preferred business district, and no preservationist fussbudgets were going to get in the way. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, 22 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fussbudget was circa 1904

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“Fussbudget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussbudget. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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