\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web At one point, her sister took her daughter — Leyva’s 8-month-old niece — to the hospital after the baby became fussy and appeared to be sick. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County young adults are contracting COVID-19 at higher rates. Here’s why.," 11 July 2020 Plus, in the era when Boy Brow reigns supreme, powder has a somewhat uncool reputation as being fussy and outdated. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Tried Shadow Brows and I’m Never Looking Back," 7 July 2020 The brand's luxurious materials and simple forms create a style that is elegant without being pretentious or fussy. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Part Ferrari, Part Porsche, Part Other Plenty of Other Parts," 1 July 2020 Taking big, fussy trout on the smallest of flies is a serious challenge. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Trout During the Summer Trico Hatch," 23 June 2020 The only reason not to be—in his opinion—was a fussy, prim commitment to ideas that society had outgrown. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Lost Rebellious Spirit of Keynes," 9 June 2020 Once at Guangzhou, Andrade unwittingly alarmed the town’s fussy functionaries by firing his cannon in salute, a serious faux pas in Chinese protocol. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 At this age, stress shows up in fussy or unregulated behavior. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to talk to your children about protests and racism," 1 June 2020 Much of it came down to fussy little tasks, each shaving a few seconds that, during the time a train ran from the north Bronx to Coney Island, would add up to a crisper trip. New York Times, "How a Clash of Egos Became Bigger Than Fixing the Subway," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fussy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussy. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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