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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.
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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 over-fussy

Historical Examples

  • Brasyer was over-fussy, and his continual chatter started it probably, so that it spread like an infection.

    Chronicles of Martin Hewitt

    Arthur Morrison

  • Over-fussy curtains and draperies at the windows should also be avoided.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country

    Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley


British Dictionary definitions for over-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
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Derived Formsfussily, adverbfussiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-fussy

fussy

adj.

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

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