- 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 fussing
The hole in his chest through which the drug flowed required some fussing, but there was no discomfort.How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
We waited and waited, and Boris, growing restless, wandered about, fussing with modelling wax and red clay.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
I start by holding my glasses in my hand instead of fussing with the mask.One First-Timer’s Adventures in Culebra and Puerto Rico
March 14, 2013
Those I travel with tend to relax; while I am fussing around.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
The girls were soothing me and fussing over me when Aunt Frank opened the door.The Bacillus of Beauty
When I was fussing over it, it seemed just as if it was my little Amelia's foot!Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
The old lady was propped up with pillows, and Natalina was fussing about her.The Eternal City
I have taken a world of pleasure in writing it & doctoring it & fussing at it.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
“Oh––fussing with the stock,” said Belle 269 vaguely, her eyes clouding a little.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
- 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 fussing
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.