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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
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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Examples from the web for fuss
  • Here was someone who knew when not to respond or make a fuss.
  • They were said to have been threatened with reprisals if they made a fuss.
  • But the public rarely gets outraged and the fuss never lasts for long.
  • There's a lot of fuss made of wind turbines being an eyesore for people.
  • Traditionally, the custodians of heritage have been leery of making too much fuss over thefts.
  • Seeds germinate quickly and plants grow with little fuss.
  • And consumers will wonder what the fuss was all about.
  • And don't make a huge fuss out of every little mistake reporters might make.
  • Even when one of their own dies, there is not a lot of fuss.
  • The fuss to derail the concept seems a little harsh.
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


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fuss

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss
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