follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for fuss
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Amy Lou was sleepy but would not leave the scene without a fuss.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • That it was only a Yankee ship, any how, and that it is all "blarsted" nonsense to make a fuss about it.

  • 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
  • If she insisted that she was ill and unable to go back, there would be a fuss.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with fuss

fuss

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fuss

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fuss

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for fuss