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fuss

[fuhs] /fʌs/
noun
1.
an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle:
They made a fuss over the new baby.
2.
an argument or noisy dispute:
They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
3.
a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles:
You'll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
5.
to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used with object)
6.
to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
Origin of fuss
1695-1705
1695-1705; origin uncertain
Related forms
fusser, noun
unfussed, adjective
unfussing, adjective
Synonyms
1. pother, to-do, stir, commotion. 6. pester.
Antonyms
1. inactivity.
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  • Amy Lou was sleepy but would not leave the scene without a fuss.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • "You're a fuss," said Edna, laughing, but yielding the point.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • Dey lissen en lissen, but dey don't year no mo' fuss, en 't wa'n't long 'fo' dey got ter chattin' en jabberin' some mo'.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • Gracious me, how tiresome the Living are, with all their fuss and excitement!

    The Blue Bird for Children Georgette Leblanc
  • Perhaps the man realized it, but he was a soldier, and therefore made no fuss.

British Dictionary definitions for fuss

fuss

/fʌs/
noun
1.
nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
2.
complaint or objection: he made a fuss over the bill
3.
an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessive: they made a great fuss over the new baby
4.
a quarrel; dispute
verb
5.
(intransitive) to worry unnecessarily
6.
(intransitive) to be excessively concerned over trifles
7.
when intr, usually foll by over. to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
8.
(Jamaican) (intransitive) foll by with. to quarrel violently
9.
(transitive) to bother (a person)
Derived Forms
fusser, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fuss
n.

1701, perhaps an alteration of force, or imitative of bubbling or sputtering sounds, or from Danish fjas "foolery, nonsense." First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but no obvious connections to Irish. To make a fuss was earlier to keep a fuss (1726).

v.

1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fuss

fuss

Related Terms

kick up a fuss

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with fuss

fuss

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss
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