[ fuhs ]
/ fʌs /


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.

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.

Nearby words

  1. fusobacterium,
  2. fusocellular,
  3. fusospirillary gingivitis,
  4. fusospirochetal,
  5. fusospirochetal gingivitis,
  6. fuss and feathers,
  7. fussbox,
  8. fussbudget,
  9. fusspot,
  10. fussy

Origin of fuss

First recorded in 1695–1705; origin uncertain

Related formsfuss·er, nounun·fussed, adjectiveun·fuss·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fuss


/ (fʌs) /



Derived Formsfusser, noun

Word Origin for fuss

C18: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for fuss
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Idioms and Phrases with fuss


In addition to the idiom beginning with fuss

  • fuss and feathers

also see:

  • kick up a fuss
  • make a fuss
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