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fussy

[fuhs-ee] /ˈfʌs i/
adjective, fussier, fussiest.
1.
excessively busy with trifles; anxious or particular about petty details.
2.
hard to satisfy or please:
a fussy eater.
3.
(of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated:
All the bric-a-brac gave the room a fussy, cluttered look.
4.
full of details, especially in excess:
His writing is so fussy I lose the thread of the story.
Origin of fussy
1825-1835
1825-35; fuss + -y1
Related forms
fussily, adverb
fussiness, noun
overfussy, adjective
unfussily, adverb
unfussiness, noun
unfussy, adjective
Synonyms
2. particular, choosy, finicky, persnickety.
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Examples from the Web for fussiness
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  • Can it be simply “fussiness”; since the people who have the least to do commonly make the most flutter about doing it?

    The Diary of a Goose Girl Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • I'd just put him out, and there'd be an end of his fussiness once for all.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • But the fussiness of Polonius proceeds from his vanity, from his mental and physical impotence.

  • There was a fussiness about his manner which seemed strangely familiar to me.

  • The mistake of a porter, the fussiness of a custom-house officer—quite a chapter of accidents!

    A Butterfly on the Wheel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • They had to assume an indolent attitude in pure opposition to his fussiness.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Two diseases of the time are, faction and fussiness—the one a fever, the other a prurigo.

  • I thought there was the least touch of affectation of fussiness, but it may not be so.

  • Rufus welcomed his master not merely with cordiality, but with fussiness.

    Jan of the Windmill Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • I must have had a professional nurse, for Etta's fussiness was driving her crazy.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for fussiness

fussy

/ˈfʌsɪ/
adjective fussier, fussiest
1.
inclined to fuss over minor points
2.
very particular about detail
3.
characterized by overelaborate detail: the furniture was too fussy to be elegant
Derived Forms
fussily, adverb
fussiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fussiness

fussy

adj.

1831, from fuss (n.) + -y (2). Related: Fussily; fussiness.

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