- 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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Examples from the Web for fussily
Look at those bits of paper littering the place,' he went on fussily.Peter and Jane
S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Fussily, he folded the garments as they fell away from Daoud and laid them on a chair.The Saracen: The Holy War
"I should like to read it," she said, fussily fumbling at her waist for her spectacle-case.Rose Charlitte
"You will have to come around Wednesday," said Marshall, fussily.Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work
Edith Van Dyne
While the girls are fussily opening the robe, she manages to push her brother's gift behind the door.The Daughter of the Storage
William Dean Howells
- 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 fussily
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