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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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  • I had a music lesson with Miss F. I hate her, she is so fussy.

    Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott
  • There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • And then, just as he had me feelin' like I ought to be led out and shot at sunrise, the old Major comes bustlin' in fussy.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • "Now what nonsense this is," said Aunt Marjorie in her fussy tones.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Such nervous, fussy little bodies often possess minds of unexpected subtlety.

    Dark Hollow Anna Katherine Green
British Dictionary definitions for fussy

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 fussy
adj.

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

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