\ 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

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 Neither plant is fussy about soil type and will self-sow, returning year after year. Sunset Magazine, 13 July 2022 The toddler was fussy and coughed but that was about it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 Bagwell initially told police his son rolled out of his arms and onto the floor, but later told police the boy had been fussy and wouldn't eat that day, according to the affidavit. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 20 July 2022 If all goes as planned, the Kelly exhibit will give Hillwood some new life, introducing a dash of Hollywood glamour into an estate filled with fussy 18th-century French furnishings and Russian Imperial art. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 These and his gauzy, tonal portraits cleared the decks of fussy Victorian art, inviting Modernism to emerge. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 July 2022 The sound quality is superb with a very low noise floor on the microphone preamps and plenty of gain for driving difficult microphones such as the RØDE PodMic or the notoriously fussy Shure SM7B. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 3 July 2022 These old-fashioned favorites are popular with good reason: Christmas cacti are not fussy, and some live for decades! Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 29 May 2022 Maybe a tent is being fussy, maybe your raft frame is a bit loose. Outside Online, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fussy

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for fussy


\ 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, From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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