\ 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.

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Made with soft foam that molds to most ear shapes, these earplugs are critical in drowning out the screams of that fussy baby two rows over. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019 Edward Hibbert bided his time as the fussy Narrator before hilariously breaking his reserve. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Into the Woods’ and stars align in magical night at the Hollywood Bowl," 28 July 2019 Mr Rubin is known for preferring a stripped-back sound, without fussy string arrangements, distracting horns or backing vocals. G.m., The Economist, "In the studio with Rick Rubin," 26 July 2019 Wicker furniture from Soane carry the pool vibe indoors, while simple ticking stripe upholstery and shiplap walls keep it from feeling overly fussy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A "She Shed" I Can Get Behind," 10 July 2019 Her children have been fussier these past few days, and the behavioral change has been taxing. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "As threat of deportation looms, moms at a Little Village church face increased anxiety," 17 July 2019 The key is keeping things streamlined so a strapless bra may be too fussy. Teen Vogue, "13 One-Shoulder Tops That Won't Give You The Cold Shoulder," 6 June 2019 David Tennant as a charismatic demon, Michael Sheen as a fussy angel, John Hamm as snobby archangel Gabriel—is perfect, and the whole show is so sinfully funny that people literally think it should be stopped. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Everything You Should Binge Over the July 4th Weekend," 3 July 2019 As far as he’s concerned, there will always be those in government who are steadfastly against an open fireworks exchange, keeping the market fussy and capricious, a million different irritable subdivisions acting as a persnickety whole. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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