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fussy

[fuhs-ee]
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adjective, fuss·i·er, fuss·i·est.
  1. excessively busy with trifles; anxious or particular about petty details.
  2. hard to satisfy or please: a fussy eater.
  3. (of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated: All the bric-a-brac gave the room a fussy, cluttered look.
  4. 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 formsfuss·i·ly, adverbfuss·i·ness, nouno·ver·fuss·y, adjectiveun·fuss·i·ly, adverbun·fuss·i·ness, nounun·fuss·y, adjective

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2. particular, choosy, finicky, persnickety.
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Examples from the Web for fussy

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  • The dear fussy little woman said that John had been telephoning inquiries.

  • But why be fussy about clothes when God has given you only one life to live?

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The Misses Cabot welcomed her with fussy and dignified condescension.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • For a critter as fussy and particular about some things, he's careless enough about others.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Well, if you want to call it fussy, she is," Rosamond groaned.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill


British Dictionary definitions for fussy

fussy

adjective fussier or fussiest
  1. inclined to fuss over minor points
  2. very particular about detail
  3. characterized by overelaborate detailthe furniture was too fussy to be elegant
Derived Formsfussily, adverbfussiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fussy

adj.

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

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