\ 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.

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Her children have been fussier these past few days, and the behavioral change has been taxing. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "As threat of deportation looms, moms at a Little Village church face increased anxiety," 17 July 2019 The key is keeping things streamlined so a strapless bra may be too fussy. Teen Vogue, "13 One-Shoulder Tops That Won't Give You The Cold Shoulder," 6 June 2019 David Tennant as a charismatic demon, Michael Sheen as a fussy angel, John Hamm as snobby archangel Gabriel—is perfect, and the whole show is so sinfully funny that people literally think it should be stopped. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Everything You Should Binge Over the July 4th Weekend," 3 July 2019 As far as he’s concerned, there will always be those in government who are steadfastly against an open fireworks exchange, keeping the market fussy and capricious, a million different irritable subdivisions acting as a persnickety whole. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 Yuriko Kajiya’s Comtesse de Noailles, the fussy dame d’honneur whom the rule-weary, real-life queen derisively called Madame Etiquette, comes off as one of the court’s most interesting and multidimensional characters. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Melody Mennite powers Houston Ballet’s ‘Marie’," 17 June 2019 Bikinis and one-pieces come in mostly solid colors and are free from extra embellishments and fussy details. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 India is peculiar in having a hugely fussy but remarkably skinny and understaffed bureaucracy. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 Between the two royal brides, one thing is certain–each used their second dress as a less fussy, and more adventurous expression of their personal style, while insuring their silhouettes were sophisticated. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details of Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress–Compared to Meghan Markle's," 14 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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