\ 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 fussy (audio) \ adverb
fussiness \ ˈfə-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce fussy (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 Brides have traded fussy gowns for relaxed dresses perfect for intimate family gatherings, civil ceremonies, or wearing again and again—even after the big day. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "Here Comes...The Hill House Home Bridal Collection," 5 May 2021 The family-centric vibe includes waitstaff who are experts in dealing with fussy eaters, and cabins with one-and-a-half bathrooms. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Family Cruises to Book This Year," 26 Apr. 2021 Typically treated as a sometimes fussy high-watchmaking feature that rarely finds its way onto a rugged tool watch, the calendar function adds a big dose of complicated appeal to what is otherwise the most traditional pilot watch in this group. Mike Espindle, Forbes, "Spirit Of The Sky: 4 High-Flying Watches Take Off," 8 Apr. 2021 Whether sharply angled or gracefully curved, the outlines of modernity signal a purity, one unblemished by gimmicky gesture or fussy decoration. New York Times, "A Majestic Collar Worthy of a Superhero," 15 Feb. 2021 That means no diamond-quilting or fussy contrast-color stitching. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Everything We Know About the Marque’s Most Spirited Model to Date," 9 Mar. 2021 Be ready to relocate to swifter sections if the pool fish are too fussy. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "Brood X Cicada Hatch Promises the Wildest Dry-Fly Action in 17 Years," 1 Mar. 2021 The Moderna vaccine is a little less fussy but also must be frozen and carefully handled. Maggie Fox, CNN, "The US is about to get a third coronavirus vaccine. Here's how it's different from the others," 27 Feb. 2021 The best science gifts for kids over $50 will be educational, well made, not overly complicated and fussy, and allow for many hours of play and use. Popular Science, "Toys and science gifts for kids of all ages," 17 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Fussy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussy. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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