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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 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.
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Examples from the Web for fussing
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  • You'll probably get plenty of fussing from everyone; but, in the case of the boys, remember to be merciful.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • When I was fussing over it, it seemed just as if it was my little Amelia's foot!

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • You've been fussing with that long-suffering curl for the last five minutes!

    Miss Billy's Decision Eleanor H. Porter
  • Look at Elinor—would we love her if she'd been fussing about the hard times we had?

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • The old gentleman have quit his religious cussing now and have took to fussing.

  • The bear was fussing around a carcass of a deer, preparatory to burying it.

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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