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fuss

[fuhs] /fʌs/
noun
1.
an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle:
They made a fuss over the new baby.
2.
an argument or noisy dispute:
They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
3.
a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles:
You'll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
5.
to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used with object)
6.
to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
Origin of fuss
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; origin uncertain
Related forms
fusser, noun
unfussed, adjective
unfussing, adjective
Synonyms
1. pother, to-do, stir, commotion. 6. pester.
Antonyms
1. inactivity.
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  • The girls were soothing me and fussing over me when Aunt Frank opened the door.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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 Hall Caine
  • I have taken a world of pleasure in writing it & doctoring it & fussing at it.

  • “Oh––fussing with the stock,” said Belle 269 vaguely, her eyes clouding a little.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Look at Elinor—would we love her if she'd been fussing about the hard times we had?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
British Dictionary definitions for fussing

fuss

/fʌs/
noun
1.
nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
2.
complaint or objection: he made a fuss over the bill
3.
an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessive: they made a great fuss over the new baby
4.
a quarrel; dispute
verb
5.
(intransitive) to worry unnecessarily
6.
(intransitive) to be excessively concerned over trifles
7.
when intr, usually foll by over. to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
8.
(Jamaican) (intransitive) foll by with. to quarrel violently
9.
(transitive) to bother (a person)
Derived Forms
fusser, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for fussing

fuss

n.

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).

fuss

v.

1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fussing

fuss

Related Terms

kick up a fuss

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Idioms and Phrases with fussing

fuss

In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss
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