fussy

adjective
\ ˈfə-sē \
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 \ adverb
fussiness \ ˈfə-​sē-​nəs \ 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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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 But, thankfully, in a sea of t-shirts with sparkling rainbows and fussy pinafores, there are a few select, beautiful brands to discover. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leah + Rae Is the Baby Brand We Want for Ourselves," 19 Sep. 2018 The last thing anyone wants on a humid summer day is fussy, complicated fashion. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "The One Dress You’ll Want on Hot Summer Days," 7 June 2018 The $875 Harman Kardon surround sound provided excellent tuneage, but the equalizer is a little too fussy and inside-baseball for on-the-road use. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 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

: often upset or unhappy

: too fancy or complicated

fussy

adjective
\ ˈfə-sē \
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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