\ 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 fussy (audio) \ adverb
fussiness \ ˈfə-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce fussy (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 The meals became about the people, and the food, while good, wasn’t fussy. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 Chuck opted for a minimalist design—a sleek cartoon of a frog in black and white, a spare label with ample negative space that would stand apart from its often fussy European counterparts. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 22 May 2021 While super-short hemlines are having a bit of a moment, longer line dresses with non-fussy silhouettes are a carefree go-to for first dates. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 13 May 2021 Eucalyptus plants are not fussy, tolerate most types of soils, and don’t have pest or disease issues. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 23 Apr. 2021 Industry lawyers believe the F.D.A. is being too fussy in rejecting remote inspections, given the current backlog. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2021 Brides have traded fussy gowns for relaxed dresses perfect for intimate family gatherings, civil ceremonies, or wearing again and again—even after the big day. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 5 May 2021 The family-centric vibe includes waitstaff who are experts in dealing with fussy eaters, and cabins with one-and-a-half bathrooms. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Apr. 2021 Typically treated as a sometimes fussy high-watchmaking feature that rarely finds its way onto a rugged tool watch, the calendar function adds a big dose of complicated appeal to what is otherwise the most traditional pilot watch in this group. Mike Espindle, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jun 2021

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“Fussy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fussy. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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