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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 fussiness
Historical Examples
  • Can it be simply “fussiness”; since the people who have the least to do commonly make the most flutter about doing it?

    The Diary of a Goose Girl Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • I'd just put him out, and there'd be an end of his fussiness once for all.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • 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!

    A Butterfly on the Wheel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • They had to assume an indolent attitude in pure opposition to his fussiness.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • 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.

    Jan of the Windmill Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • I must have had a professional nurse, for Etta's fussiness was driving her crazy.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for fussiness


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 fussiness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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