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[fuhs-ee] /ˈfʌs i/
adjective, fussier, fussiest.
excessively busy with trifles; anxious or particular about petty details.
hard to satisfy or please:
a fussy eater.
(of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated:
All the bric-a-brac gave the room a fussy, cluttered look.
full of details, especially in excess:
His writing is so fussy I lose the thread of the story.
Origin of fussy
1825-35; fuss + -y1
Related forms
fussily, adverb
fussiness, noun
overfussy, adjective
unfussily, adverb
unfussiness, noun
unfussy, adjective
2. particular, choosy, finicky, persnickety. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fussy


adjective fussier, fussiest
inclined to fuss over minor points
very particular about detail
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 fussy

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

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