fussy

[fuhs-ee]

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.

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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Contemporary Examples of unfussy

  • This is the perfect spot for an unfussy gathering or special occasion.

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    Jolie Hunt

    March 20, 2010

  • The Ventana Inn & Spa is a gorgeous, completely chilled out, and unfussy retreat.

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    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    February 20, 2010

Historical Examples of unfussy


British Dictionary definitions for unfussy

unfussy

adjective unfussier or unfussiest

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

fussy

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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