an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle: They made a fuss over the new baby.
an argument or noisy dispute: They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used without object)
to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles: You'll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used with object)
to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.

1695–1705; origin uncertain

fusser, noun
unfussed, adjective
unfussing, adjective

1. pother, to-do, stir, commotion. 6. pester.

1. inactivity.
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fuss (fʌs)
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
vb (when intr, usually foll by over) (foll by with)
5.  (intr) to worry unnecessarily
6.  (intr) to be excessively concerned over trifles
7.  to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
8.  (Jamaican) to quarrel violently
9.  (tr) to bother (a person)
[C18: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1701, perhaps an alteration of force, or imitative of bubbling or sputtering sounds, or from Dan. fjas "foolery, nonsense." First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but no obvious connections to Irish. The verb is first attested 1792, from the noun. Related: Fussed; fussing. To make a fuss was earlier
to keep a fuss (1726).
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