\ ˈfə-sē How to pronounce fussy (audio) \
fussier; fussiest

Definition of fussy

1 : easily upset : irritable
2 : overly decorative a fussy wallpaper pattern
3a : requiring or giving close attention to details fussy bookkeeping procedures
b : revealing a sometimes extreme concern for niceties : fastidious, picky

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Other Words from fussy

fussily \ ˈfə-​sə-​lē How to pronounce fussily (audio) \ adverb
fussiness \ ˈfə-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce fussiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of fussy in a Sentence

I'm not fussy about where we eat. The room was cluttered and fussy.
Recent Examples on the Web In such a crowded field, other candidates might tiptoe carefully around the egos of notoriously fussy New Hampshire primary voters while parrying questions. BostonGlobe.com, "Sanders introduced the selfie line in the spring, presumably hoping to match the buzz that Senator Elizabeth Warren has," 27 Nov. 2019 That was fun—to work on lavish, fussy details, knowing there would be such life in this house. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "Architect Elizabeth Roberts Strikes a Chord with a Music Executive’s Brownstone," 19 Nov. 2019 All the fussy details—roads, villages, farmlands, trees—were left behind, resulting in a thrilling simplicity. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Gamberi Portabella, probably the fussiest dish on the menu, kept it together nonetheless with a silky toss of mushrooms, spinach and lemon cream sauce over jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab and fried crispy. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Gennaro’s Trattoria gives Canyon Lake a solid Italian restaurant option north of San Antonio," 14 Nov. 2019 Michael Smith, who headed the kitchen in the ’90s, bought and renovated the inn in 2015, replacing fussy tasting menus with the FireWorks Feast, a dinner cooked over open flame. Chantal Martineau, Bon Appétit, "Beauty and Brine: Prince Edward Island Is an Oyster-Lover’s Paradise," 7 Nov. 2019 Keep the holiday informal instead of overly fussy by mixing metals and setting out bowls of candy for breakfast. Sara Rodrigues And Robert Rufino, House Beautiful, "3 Instagram-Worthy Table Settings That Are So Perfect for the Holidays," 8 Nov. 2019 Turns out pasta with meat sauce was what a younger, fussier Sierra would get when dining out with his father, or at home when his mother was spoiling him. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat right now," 22 Oct. 2019 Some garden-variety perfumes, like traditional rose blends or heady white florals, have a reputation for being old-fashioned, even fussy. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Floral Perfumes to Spritz This Fall," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fussy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussily. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce fussy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fussy

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please
US : often upset or unhappy
disapproving : too fancy or complicated


\ ˈfə-sē How to pronounce fussy (audio) \
fussier; fussiest

Kids Definition of fussy

1 : inclined to complain or whine a fussy child
2 : hard to please His cat is fussy about food.
3 : overly decorated and complicated … that bed … is as enormous and fussy as mine.— E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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