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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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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 The tail is not wagging the dog There's a lot of fuss around mutual funds and ETFs. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes, Passive Investing Has Exploded. But Here’s Why Fears of a Bubble are Overblown," 14 Sep. 2019 In the early part of this decade, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau usually agreed to deals without a lot of fuss. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Forward thinking: Why Sharks’ Meier, Labanc signed new contracts so early," 14 Sep. 2019 Her singing is delivered with a similar lack of fuss, but Jordan’s melancholic lyrics sound wise beyond her years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coachella veteran Snail Mail charting a distinctive musical path," 18 Aug. 2019 It's added that the Catalan giants want Neymar to kick up a fuss over his future at Paris Saint-Germain in the hopes of speeding things along this summer. SI.com, "Barcelona 'Beg' Neymar to Stop Talks With Real Madrid as Ernesto Valverde Opens Up About Interest," 10 Aug. 2019 Despite making such a big fuss over its burgers earlier this year, IHOP, oddly, is giving away a free side of buttermilk pankcakes or pumpkin-spice pancakes with the purchase of its Steakburger items. Fox News, "Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with free or discounted burgers, and nothing else," 18 Sep. 2018 Among those packing into the 199-seat East Village theater to find out what the fuss was about: Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johansson and Stephen Sondheim. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Is Broadway Ready for ‘Slave Play’?," 11 Sep. 2019 See what all the fuss is about and play Death Stranding November 8 on PlayStation 4. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Video Games We Can't Wait to Play This Fall," 26 Aug. 2019 For the people Onlookers may wonder what the fuss is all about. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A gun law case before the US Supreme Court has Americans up in arms," 17 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The model doesn’t fuss when the camera lens encroaches on her personal space or protest when her handler adjusts her body for a more charitable angle. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Meet Sunglass Cat, an Instagram star with an eye-opening message of acceptance," 11 June 2019 That exciting journey now involves baby Moses, who occasionally can be heard fussing on a nearby baby monitor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall's Comeback Is Finally Here — And It Was Worth the Wait," 4 Sep. 2019 Techies often boast that they are less fussed about owning and acquiring things, which make tight quarters more bearable. The Economist, "How robotic furniture will improve our lives," 23 Aug. 2019 Roommates at the University of Georgia fussed over whose bed would be closer to the aromatherapy station. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "If you give a co-ed a chandelier," 13 Aug. 2019 In her five years as my lady-in-waiting, she’s taken every moment possible to fuss over me, as protective as my parents. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 Anchorage-San Francisco: Alaska Air is fussing over all things California lately. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Do you like cheap plane tickets? You’re in luck this month," 22 June 2019 Not long ago, Democrats were fussing over the wisdom of even nominating another woman to face Donald Trump given Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren May Be the New Adlai Stevenson," 18 June 2019 To add some comic punch, Gyllenhaal does a lot of business — fussing with the stage lights and even venturing out into the auditorium. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On Broadway, a Stagy Kind of Mourning," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of fuss was in 1701

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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


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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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