- 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
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2. particular, choosy, finicky, persnickety.
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- inclined to fuss over minor points
- very particular about detail
- characterized by overelaborate detailthe furniture was too fussy to be elegant
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Word Origin and History for fussy
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