fussy

[ fuhs-ee ]
/ ˈfʌs i /

adjective, fuss·i·er, fuss·i·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. fuss,
  2. fuss and feathers,
  3. fussbox,
  4. fussbudget,
  5. fusspot,
  6. fustanella,
  7. fustet,
  8. fustian,
  9. fustic,
  10. fustigate

Origin of fussy

First recorded in 1825–35; fuss + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for unfussy

unfussy

/ (ʌnˈfʌsɪ) /

adjective unfussier or unfussiest

not characterized by overelaborate detail
not particularhe's unfussy about which grievances he exploits

fussy

/ (ˈfʌsɪ) /

adjective fussier or fussiest

inclined to fuss over minor points
very particular about detail
characterized by overelaborate detailthe furniture was too fussy to be elegant
Derived Formsfussily, adverbfussiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unfussy

fussy

adj.

1831, from fuss (n.) + -y (2). Related: Fussily; fussiness.

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