fussy

adjective \ ˈfə-sē \
Updated on: 27 May 2018
fussier; fussiest
1 : easily upset : irritable
2 : overly decorative
  • a fussy wallpaper pattern
3 a : requiring or giving close attention to details
  • fussy bookkeeping procedures
b : revealing a sometimes extreme concern for niceties : fastidious, picky

fussily

play \ˈfə-sə-lē\ adverb

fussiness

play \ˈfə-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of fussy in a Sentence

  1. I'm not fussy about where we eat.

  2. The room was cluttered and fussy.

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First Known Use of fussy

1831

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FUSSY Defined for English Language Learners

fussy

  • : very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please

  • : often upset or unhappy

  • : too fancy or complicated


FUSSY Defined for Kids

fussy

adjective \ ˈfə-sē \
fussier; fussiest
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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