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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 fussing
  • Think of a frittata as an omelet made effortless: no fussing or folding here.
  • Auto bracketing makes it easier to take multiple pictures quickly, without a lot of fussing with gear.
  • fussing over hoops that everyone else had to jump through.
  • It's extremely responsive and a timesaving alternative to fussing with the touch controls.
  • One day a barge appears off the cove, and there is a lot of fussing around with floats, lots of divers in the water.
  • fussing about the drop in housing prices is typical short-term thinking.
  • Such ancient cultural practices tend to be immune to the fussing of mere governments.
  • They have been fussing within the realm of microeconomic benefits, and macroeconomic benefits have always been slighted.
  • To get better gas mileage, engineers are fussing with the structure and composition of tires.
  • There is so much fussing over the materiality of the world, but no commensurate care is lavished upon psychological detail.
British Dictionary definitions for fussing

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 fussing

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 fussing

fuss

Related Terms

kick up a fuss


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Idioms and Phrases with fussing

fuss

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss
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