- 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
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2. particular, choosy, finicky, persnickety.
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Examples from the Web for fussiness
We may grant that the fussiness of Sinclair told against his proposals.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
I'd just put him out, and there'd be an end of his fussiness once for all.The Faith Doctor
Her religious exhortations are backed by scoldings and fussiness.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
On the contrary, never had their fussiness and zeal been greater than on this morning.The Duel
A. I. Kuprin
Fussiness and the forms of activity in all ages get great praise.Friends in Council
- inclined to fuss over minor points
- very particular about detail
- characterized by overelaborate detailthe furniture was too fussy to be elegant
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Word Origin and History for fussiness
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