fussy

[fuhs-ee]
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.

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

Synonyms for fussy

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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
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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