fuss·​bud·​get | \ˈfəs-ˌbə-jət \

Definition of fussbudget 

: one who fusses or is fussy especially about trifles

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Other Words from fussbudget

fussbudgety \ˈfəs-​ˌbə-​jə-​tē \ adjective

Examples of fussbudget in a Sentence

a customer who's a real fussbudget about wanting her food very hot

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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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The first known use of fussbudget was circa 1904

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English Language Learners Definition of fussbudget

: a person who worries or complains about small things : a fussy person

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