- an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle: They made a fuss over the new baby.
- an argument or noisy dispute: They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
- a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
- to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles: You'll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
- to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
- to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
Origin of fuss
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Examples from the Web for fussed
All the things you were fussed about in the last six months?When Activism Is Worse Than Apathy
October 6, 2014
Presently he dropped his hammer, and fussed about for a moment with a tiny wrench.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
She fussed around like any other old hen who had in charge a brood of ducks.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
But when 'twas put right up to me this way, I—I declare I was all fussed up.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"They needn't have been so fussed," said Stephen, with a grin.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
He reared and fussed and said he didn't want that mess on him.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
No one had fussed over him like that since his mother died, and he was touchingly grateful.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
- nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
- complaint or objectionhe made a fuss over the bill
- an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessivethey made a great fuss over the new baby
- a quarrel; dispute
- (intr) to worry unnecessarily
- (intr) to be excessively concerned over trifles
- (when intr, usually foll by over) to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
- (intr foll by with) Jamaican to quarrel violently
- (tr) to bother (a person)
Word Origin and History for fussed
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).
1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.