Definition of fuss in English:

fuss

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A display of unnecessary or excessive excitement, activity, or interest:

    ‘I don't know what all the fuss is about’
    • ‘Greenough Shire Council agreed to invest $100,000 in a tourism project on Wednesday with little fuss or confusion.’
    • ‘So that in that sense, there was quite a bit of fuss about it at the time, but once the interviews aired, that particular controversy disappeared.’
    • ‘It's all a lot of fuss and nonsense got up by some pesky civil rights activists, some of whom you can find here at Stand.’
    • ‘This ludicrous fuss epitomises our confused attitude to official mourning.’
    • ‘Nothing much ever happens, the inhabitants just get on with everyday life with the minimum of fuss, stress and excitement.’
    • ‘That was the whole dream - no excitement, no fuss, no great drama.’
    • ‘And why, in this case, is there so much fuss over a performer who happens to be white when his lyrical content has been the stock-in-trade of black rappers for a decade and more?’
    • ‘They display the sort of heightened fuss and control typical of a man likely to fly apart at any moment.’
    • ‘This video shows what happened in Atlanta that is causing all the worry and fuss.’
    • ‘After that initial fuss and confusion things calmed down a bit.’
    • ‘I am still struggling to take it in but the amount of fuss around me tells me that something pretty damned big has happened!’
    • ‘In the beginning there was so much flurry and fuss.’
    • ‘‘There is no room in my life for drugs, fights, divorce, adultery, sadism, unnecessary fuss and sex,’ he says now.’
    • ‘She appeared bored, and I knew she thought I was making a lot of unnecessary fuss.’
    • ‘The management accepted the payment wanting to resolve the matter without excess fuss before the guests checked out.’
    • ‘The St Lucian policeman saw her through customs without any fuss, then delivered her to another man in a big car outside the airport compound: her employer.’
    • ‘A lot of unnecessary fuss is being created about the registration procedure required under the bill.’
    • ‘However, I don't recall any fuss being made about the over-fishing of North Sea Cod to the degree that there are probably less cod left than there are whales.’
    • ‘A cheque submitted without fuss or fanfare would prove their real commitment to the cause but would not, of course, garner as many gushing puff pieces or adoring photographs.’
    • ‘And who is likely to benefit from all the fuss and excitement?’
    ado, excitement, agitation, uproar, to-do, stir, commotion, confusion, disturbance, tumult, hubbub, rigmarole, folderol, brouhaha, furore, storm in a teacup, much ado about nothing
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    1. 1.1[in singular] A protest or dispute of a specified degree or kind:
      ‘he didn't put up too much of a fuss’
      • ‘When a player raises a fuss about his contract, he's considered a malcontent.’
      • ‘Insiders revealed that the handsome star was left with no choice but to retract his complaint quickly returned to work without a fuss.’
      • ‘If I had not caused a fuss, it's possible I wouldn't have received it at all.’
      • ‘In the application that Opel gave to the court, a huge fuss is being made about naming names.’
      • ‘Part of this revolution was the news that professional footballers should eat lots of pasta and get to bed early, information that most of them could have got from their parents without all the fuss.’
      • ‘The problem was, I think, that we were arriving at what was probably the back end of it all and that residents of the area had started kicking up a bit of a fuss at being invaded on a yearly basis by hordes of the great unwashed.’
      • ‘There's been a media fuss over the use of animals in this circus, but it seems misplaced.’
      • ‘I don't think so (both because I don't think I made much of a fuss, and because there is a real issue here).’
      • ‘If 20 tonnes of highly radioactive liquefied uranium and plutonium fuel had leaked out of a reprocessing system you'd think there might be a bit of a fuss wouldn't you?’
      • ‘One woman took up 4 reserved seats with her family and caused a huge fuss when asked to move.’
      • ‘This ‘guardian’ of the environment wasn't even sacked, only suspended (until the fuss died down).’
      • ‘I strongly suspect, although I do not know, that most of the people kicking up the fuss are Protestant or Jewish.’
      • ‘My understanding is you'd like an outside reader's appraisal of its academic merit, as there's been a bit of a fuss about it over there at Athabasca University.’
      • ‘Don't really see why everyone kicks up such a fuss about how dangerous it is - there's clearly no danger at all, and I certainly haven't become hooked, either.’
      • ‘This idea was soon quashed as Len didn't want a fuss, and besides it would clash with Rotary's Henley-on-Todd and he had to be there to hand out certificates.’
      • ‘People are forced to take to the streets, organise petitions, write letters and generally make a proper fuss in protest.’
      • ‘They caused a little fuss, but were soon subdued.’
      • ‘I made a big fuss and I was rewarded with a FREE dye job.’
      • ‘His analysis is that British socialism took a wrong turn in the 1940s, and that the fuss between private and public sector has no place in a party concerned about the ordinary person.’
      protest, complaint, objection
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    2. 1.2 Elaborate or complex procedures; trouble or difficulty:
      ‘they settled in with very little fuss’
      • ‘It names each track, adds it to your library and lets you rate each song or add it to your own folders without any fuss.’
      • ‘From this point on, the bypass was completed with relatively little fuss.’
      • ‘Basically, it does exactly what it says on the tin with the minimum of fuss and hassle.’
      • ‘We want you to be able to find your way around the newspaper with ease; to be able to locate a particular article or feature story with the minimum fuss.’
      • ‘The 29-year-old has slotted into Anderson's team with a minimum of fuss after eight months out of football with an Achilles injury.’
      • ‘Everyone knows that using gas appliances is better for the environment, and now there's a local business that can look after all your gas needs with a minimum of fuss.’
      • ‘They'll all get you from A to B with a minimum of fuss.’
      • ‘When it's his turn to head up on stage for his sound and lighting check pre-show, he strolls up with minimum of fuss, his guitar the only accompaniment to his outfit of jeans and a loose dark jumper.’
      • ‘It must be done with the minimum of fuss, but with a broad range of dishes and a good selection of wines.’
      • ‘There is the strong, silent type, quite happy quietly to immerse himself in his novel environment, settling in gradually with a minimum of fuss.’
      • ‘Comfortable and with the minimum of fuss, St Louis had done more than enough to seal their place in the decider against St Columb's of Derry.’
      • ‘Well, we should expect our electrical appliances to become even more sophisticated - tailored to helping us do many of our domestic duties with minimum fuss.’
      • ‘This is partly because I specifically chose a fairly straightforward, low-stress place so I can pursue my volunteer training with minimum fuss.’
      • ‘Incidents of civil disobedience are now jointly orchestrated by participants and police so they can be carried out with minimum fuss.’
      • ‘Finished one column this morning; composed the other on the way to work, and banged it out with a minimum of fuss and second guessing.’
      • ‘However, it is simple to mix and may conveniently be started the night before with a minimum of fuss needed to complete it the next day.’
      • ‘In a sector full of uncertainty, false starts and expensive delays, their aim is to design and complete attractive commercial enterprises with the minimum of fuss.’
      • ‘With the minimum of fuss, two masseurs, working in unison, applied hot medicated oils over my body and set about the task of coaxing the knots out of my protesting muscles.’
      • ‘The top-weight shrugged of his impost with the minimum of fuss, easing into the lead with less than four furlongs to go and then scampering away for a seven lengths success.’
      • ‘Trevor always made them feel welcome in his bank and sorted out their problems with the minimum of fuss, winning him many new and satisfied customers.’
      bother, trouble, inconvenience, effort, exertion, labour
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Show unnecessary or excessive concern about something:

    ‘she's always fussing about her food’
    • ‘There's no lawn to mow, no billowy shrubs to prune, few flowers to fuss over.’
    • ‘Even in 2004, though, babies will still cry and demand things and parents will worry and fuss over them, and I intend to maintain that tradition.’
    • ‘They were fussing over how worried they'd been.’
    • ‘He said that fretting and fussing about rural housing is a very superficial symptom of a much greater and far deeper change the collapse of agriculture.’
    • ‘Phil was, at some times, much like an obsessive nanny, always fussing over the cleanliness of the house.’
    • ‘It's just that, because she's always been there; fussing and cleaning and polishing, I don't even think about what happens to those mud-stains.’
    • ‘Mrs. Ellis is the traditional mother hen, always fussing over her little brood.’
    • ‘Well, as all offspring know, it is difficult to be assertive with a determined older parent who tells one to stop fussing unnecessarily.’
    • ‘He's a real pain because he's always fussing annoyingly about books and cars and his appearance, but my friends think he's cool.’
    • ‘The ‘sick room’ in our house always had a boarder, over whom my mother would fuss endlessly, soothing a real or imagined fever.’
    • ‘She pulled weeds that threatened to grow and fussed over the flowers that were about to bloom.’
    • ‘The young nurse is fussing over her husband, who always looks distant and bored.’
    • ‘Gatherings such as this always made him fuss unusually about his appearance, when he normally did not care.’
    • ‘To spend a few days among the Olympic footballers was to see plainly that the Argentinians enjoyed the democracy of it more than, say, the Italian squad, some of whom fussed about transport and food.’
    • ‘My Aunt pointed out to me that we always fuss over Dad, but Mum's health isn't great, and it suffers along with my Dad's when something is wrong with him.’
    • ‘But hardly anyone has fussed about a more practical concern: Some of the more elaborate plate designs make it difficult to read the tag numbers.’
    • ‘He treated me like a daughter he never had, fussing and worrying about me.’
    • ‘He pulled his old work boots on over his socks, he kept his socks clean because she'd always fussed over him getting a cold from wet socks.’
    • ‘My lovely wife fussed and fretted and told me not to move.’
    • ‘I fussed and worried and finally I pressed the send button.’
    worry, fret, be agitated, be worried, take pains, make a big thing out of
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    1. 1.1 Busy oneself restlessly:
      ‘beside him Kegan was fussing with sheets of paper’
      • ‘Rosa was called to brush my hair dry and Inga fussed around finding a dress that she considered suitable.’
      • ‘They fussed around, re-arranging the altar boys and plumping the bishops' cushions.’
      • ‘She bustled around, fussing and fiddling with her clothes.’
      • ‘She fussed with her hair, make-up and dress making sure everything was perfect.’
      • ‘I screamed and tried to fight, crying in frustration while doctors frantically fussed around me, shouting noises that echoed through my head.’
      • ‘After that, waiters in bow ties get busy fussing with silverware and bringing on the hot courses.’
      • ‘I fussed around with buying new glasses at all the major chains, to no success.’
      • ‘They fussed around, making sure we were comfortable, as we set to work on the red leather-bound menu.’
      • ‘The puppy fussed with a sheet wrinkle; Mary straightened his sheets in a motherly fashion.’
      • ‘The woman with the walker, obviously the mother, fusses a bit with the walker, unsure whether to lean on it or push it over in the direction of one of the daughters, the one who is now folding away her sunglasses as she speaks.’
      • ‘After all, aren't there innumerable warnings out there about how easy it is to mess up your computer by fussing with the registry?’
      • ‘She sat down at the dressing table, the maid fussing with her hair.’
      • ‘Betsy was fussing with the thick curls, artfully twisting them around her fingers to form short ringlets.’
      • ‘You can fuss a little with the lunge whip to move the horse forward but the most important driving aid or pressure is the position of your primary line.’
      • ‘Helen fussed with the sheets on Lee's bed, and then followed Frank to Robert's room.’
      • ‘But the dormouse went fussing about anyway, straightening and re-arranging.’
      bustle, dash, rush, scurry, charge, fly
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    2. 1.2British [with object] Disturb or bother (someone):
      ‘when she cries in her sleep, try not to fuss her’
      • ‘It does not fuss me one way or tother, but if they are truly confidential I will want them uplifted and removed.’
      pester, disturb, harass
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    3. 1.3[with object] Treat (someone) with excessive attention or affection:
      ‘she flattered and fussed her’
      • ‘He looked very mournful sitting in his basket while the other two were being fussed on my knee.’
      • ‘Most of all, Robbie likes to be fussed and stroked.’
      • ‘On his way back to the house he stopped by the barn to fuss the mother cat and introduce himself to the kittens.’
      • ‘Freya crouched down and fussed her, not minding her face being licked enthusiastically.’
      • ‘Everyone on the show adores him and men and women were queuing up to fuss him.’
      • ‘He was busy fussing the returning dancers, lying about what a wonderful show they'd put on.’

Origin

Early 18th century: perhaps Anglo-Irish.

Pronunciation:

fuss

/fʌs/