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

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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.


    Dorothy Whitehill
British Dictionary definitions for fussy


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
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Word Origin and History for fussy

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

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