fuss·​bud·​get | \ ˈfəs-ˌbə-jət How to pronounce fussbudget (audio) \

Definition of fussbudget

: one who fusses or is fussy especially about trifles

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fussbudgety \ ˈfəs-​ˌbə-​jə-​tē How to pronounce fussbudgety (audio) \ adjective

Examples of fussbudget in a Sentence

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, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 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, "The Death of a Skyscraper," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fussbudget

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Fussbudget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussbudget. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fussbudget

US, informal + disapproving : a person who worries or complains about small things : a fussy person

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