[ 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.

  1. (of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated: All the bric-a-brac gave the room a fussy, cluttered look.

  2. 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

Other words for fussy

Other words from fussy

  • fuss·i·ly, adverb
  • fuss·i·ness, noun
  • o·ver·fuss·y, adjective
  • un·fuss·i·ly, adverb
  • un·fuss·i·ness, noun
  • un·fuss·y, adjective

Words Nearby fussy

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How to use fussy in a sentence

  • Farewell, too, energetic and laborious dancer, my partner's middle-aged fussy cousin!

  • "I don't know," he muttered in the face of a fussy little woman, who jumped aside to let him pass.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • We could get along with her all right; sometimes she is splendid, even if she is so fussy.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall | Ruth Alberta Brown
  • By calling fussy little strikes often enough I could have kept the profits close to the zero mark.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
  • I wish my wife was not so fussy, though that is a kind of thing, Lady Eustace, that one has to expect from young wives.

    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for fussy


/ (ˈfʌsɪ) /

adjectivefussier or fussiest
  1. inclined to fuss over minor points

  2. very particular about detail

  1. characterized by overelaborate detail: the furniture was too fussy to be elegant

Derived forms of fussy

  • fussily, adverb
  • fussiness, noun

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