- an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle: They made a fuss over the new baby.
- an argument or noisy dispute: They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
- a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
- to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles: You'll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
- to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
- to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
Origin of fuss
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Examples from the Web for fuss
Now, with the publication of ‘Loitering,’ the uninitiated can discover what all the fuss is about.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
After what one cop called “a heck of a fuss,” they finally managed to print her.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger
September 29, 2014
She knew how to cause a fuss, how to become the center of media attention.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Madonna was supposed to come but canceled after the media raised a fuss.Tupac Shakur’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks
July 29, 2014
Mauresmo realizes she has doubters, but is not letting herself be distracted by all the fuss.Why Andy Murray Hired a Champion (and Woman) Coach
June 20, 2014
I told Coplen to offer her a million cash for everything rather'n have any fuss.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Did he remember the fuss his dear father used to make about it?Viviette
William J. Locke
That it was only a Yankee ship, any how, and that it is all "blarsted" nonsense to make a fuss about it.
If she insisted that she was ill and unable to go back, there would be a fuss.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Let 'em do just as they're a moind to, and not raise a fuss about it?The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
- nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
- complaint or objectionhe made a fuss over the bill
- an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessivethey made a great fuss over the new baby
- a quarrel; dispute
- (intr) to worry unnecessarily
- (intr) to be excessively concerned over trifles
- (when intr, usually foll by over) to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
- (intr foll by with) Jamaican to quarrel violently
- (tr) to bother (a person)
Word Origin and History for fuss
1701, perhaps an alteration of force, or imitative of bubbling or sputtering sounds, or from Danish fjas "foolery, nonsense." First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but no obvious connections to Irish. To make a fuss was earlier to keep a fuss (1726).
1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.
Idioms and Phrases with fuss
In addition to the idiom beginning with fuss
- fuss and feathers
- kick up a fuss
- make a fuss