fussy

adjective
\ 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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The armies of Good and Evil are assembling and everything appears to be going according to the Divine Plan, aside from a fussy angel and a risk-taking demon who are not too excited about the coming Rapture. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi TV Guide," 16 Jan. 2019 These perennials aren't super-fussy and come in a host of colors and sizes, ranging from creeping ground covers to taller types suitable for cutting. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018 The wallpaper in the dining room is quite formal, but the gingham linen on the chairs and the natural fiber Roman shades are casual elements that keep the room from being fussy. David A. Keeps, House Beautiful, "Decorating a Breezy, Caribbean-Inspired House," 19 June 2014 Unlike traditional makeup products, mineral makeup lines are free of dyes, and fragrances that can wreak havoc on fussy skin. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018 The result is text that — with a wink at the viewer — presents itself as a little fussy and absurd, just like the characters in the movie. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 Not to mention statement shoulders that are much sleeker and less fussy than their predecessors. Hannah Miller And Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eveningwear Is Cool Again," 2 Nov. 2018 But for many of them, the jump to a traditional Pokémon experience — one with battles, experience points, and other fussy role-playing features — was too far. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pokémon: Let’s Go is the perfect way to introduce kids to the series," 14 Nov. 2018 These are not fussy, Instagram-bait accessories or ones that come with a four-digit price tag. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Mexico City Jewelry Designer Is Making Heirlooms, Not Instagram Bait," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fussy

adjective

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

fussy

adjective
\ 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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