Can it be simply “fussiness”; since the people who have the least to do commonly make the most flutter about doing it?
I'd just put him out, and there'd be an end of his fussiness once for all.
But the fussiness of Polonius proceeds from his vanity, from his mental and physical impotence.
There was a fussiness about his manner which seemed strangely familiar to me.
The mistake of a porter, the fussiness of a custom-house officer—quite a chapter of accidents!
They had to assume an indolent attitude in pure opposition to his fussiness.
Two diseases of the time are, faction and fussiness—the one a fever, the other a prurigo.
I thought there was the least touch of affectation of fussiness, but it may not be so.
Rufus welcomed his master not merely with cordiality, but with fussiness.
I must have had a professional nurse, for Etta's fussiness was driving her crazy.