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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
First recorded in 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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Examples from the Web for fussily
Historical Examples
  • Look at those bits of paper littering the place,' he went on fussily.

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • fussily, he folded the garments as they fell away from Daoud and laid them on a chair.

  • "I should like to read it," she said, fussily fumbling at her waist for her spectacle-case.

    Rose Charlitte Marshall Saunders
  • "You will have to come around Wednesday," said Marshall, fussily.

  • While the girls are fussily opening the robe, she manages to push her brother's gift behind the door.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • Dick fussily brought forward a chair for Lucy to sit in, and offered to disembarrass her of the jacket she was wearing.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Frieda stooped, rummaged a minute, and then produced a dress of pink cotton, fussily trimmed with lace and ribbons.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • John asked, fussily, in order to make it perfectly clear to his brother that he was not the owner of Ambles.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • Even trying it there he would be nagged, and fussily asked why he didn't go out to the barn.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • All day the troops of the governor were fussily busy, but none of the real leaders of the insurgents was taken.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for fussily


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fussily



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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