\ ˈfəs How to pronounce fuss (audio) \

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


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


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 To be enjoyed by you, perhaps your mother on Mother’s Day, all without the fuss of having to turn on an oven, frost anything, redo your floors or go to pastry school. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Not a pastry chef? Here's a Mother's Day ice cream 'cake' to make," 30 Apr. 2021 Pink, red, orange, yellow and green are fairly easy colors to achieve without much fuss, however, blues and especially purples, are more of a challenge to paint into a drink. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, "How To Make Cocktails Purple, Demonstrated With Prince-Inspired Recipes," 15 Apr. 2021 The league will undoubtedly go back to the full-stadium spectacle in the future, but this year proved a great show could be done without the fuss. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "What We Learned From Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl Victory," 7 Feb. 2021 Making tsimmes needn’t be a big fuss: This version evokes the spirit of the traditional fruit and vegetable casserole in a modern way requiring almost no prep work and very little time. New York Times, "5 Fresh Seder Dishes You’ll Want to Make All the Time," 12 Mar. 2021 Because of the pandemic, everything will be, if not exactly spartan, scaled down and simplified—by chance, a good match for the man, whose scorn for fuss was doubtless heightened by having to sit through so much of it over the years. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 Normalizing public breastfeeding is, strangely, still an ongoing cultural battle, but to kick up a fuss on Instagram seems especially childish. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Model Elsa Hosk Says Random Men DM Her and Criticize Her Breastfeeding Pics," 31 Mar. 2021 So why all the fuss for a musician whose broad name recognition remains a murmur? Andrew Dansby, Chron, "Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark gets his due in new documentary," 29 Mar. 2021 Johnson would’ve kept his insensitive thoughts to himself if didn’t want to cause a fuss. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "Rep. Jim Clyburn Called Sen. Ron Johnson a Racist and I am Applauding," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Few of us have ever wanted to fuss around with scales when cups and spoons are quicker and tidier. Laura Shapiro, The Atlantic, "Liberation in the Kitchen," 14 Mar. 2021 Best for: Casual Delta travelers who don’t want to fuss with checked bag fees, or heavier travelers that only choose Delta on occasion. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "Delta flyers get a free checked bag with the Delta SkyMiles Gold credit card," 11 Mar. 2021 Bikers, runners, and busy people in general appreciate not having to fuss with a stubborn cap that feels glued shut. Outdoor Life, "Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle: Stay Hydrated on the Go," 22 Jan. 2021 Cameron asked as Walrabenstein’s toddler began to fuss. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Harford County moms get fit, stay strong, at stroller boot camp," 16 Nov. 2020 With the popular SuperCrew models, the F-150’s redesigned cabin can be outfitted with new front seats that recline to nearly 180 degrees without having to fuss with the rear seat. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ford next-generation 2021 F-150s just around the corner," 16 Oct. 2020 These flaps stay flat courtesy of magnets, so there are no zippers to fuss with. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Travel Bags for Keeping Your Stuff Safe and Secure," 11 Sep. 2020 Her children’s online learning program has been full of technological glitches, Mor says, which requires taking time from her own workday to fuss with unfamiliar programs. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Happened When Hong Kong’s Schools Went Virtual to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus," 9 Mar. 2020 These are the lawyers Coleman was fussing about in his meandering reply at the candidate forum. al, "DOJ accused congressional candidate’s company of fraud. He blames ... Obama.," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fuss


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1792, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for fuss

Noun and Verb

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7 May 2021

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“Fuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuss. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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



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


\ ˈfəs How to pronounce fuss (audio) \

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.


fussed; fussing

Kids Definition of fuss (Entry 2 of 2)

: to get excited or upset especially over something unimportant

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