Definition of fussy in English:



  • 1Fastidious about one's needs or requirements; hard to please.

    ‘he is very fussy about what he eats’
    • ‘Judging by his phony picture he's one of those fussy, antiseptic, precocious little boys that mothers adore and fathers get used to.’
    • ‘Many young children go through periods of being fussy eaters and this is a normal part of growing up.’
    • ‘If you find a Stream with a badly worn interior it's either been to the moon and back or had a very hard life, so be fussy and accept only the best.’
    • ‘‘I'm very choosy in selecting characters, and very fussy about my role,’ she admits.’
    • ‘Women enjoy the attentiveness of Shanghai men but can't stand their being fussy and ‘picky’.’
    • ‘A fussy mother of the Caucasian bride and an over-zealous traditional aunt of the East-Indian groom make this road to marital bliss rougher than it needs to be.’
    • ‘My mother is very fussy about dogs and she surely tested a dozen before settling on Max.’
    • ‘It is hard to understand how anyone can be fussy about the tidiness of his/her own surrounds and yet have no concern for the feelings of the people living near where the plastic bags were dumped.’
    • ‘Adults are fussy and picky; adults only want to deal in logic and real life.’
    • ‘They are also fussy in selecting life-long partners so, understandably, courting takes ages, as does the honeymoon before baby arrives.’
    • ‘They're earthy and considerate lovers: refined, reliable and ready to please - but fussy about surroundings.’
    • ‘I know, some are fussy and require extra attention while others are completely elusive, but that's part of their charm.’
    • ‘Beginners should avoid difficult, fussy crops such as cauliflower.’
    • ‘I am old, cynical, bitter, twisted, awkward, difficult, fussy, and generally hard to please.’
    • ‘He was as fussy and fastidious as many great writers, prone to restless and often tiny adjustments.’
    • ‘This is especially important for veggie or fussy diners who are pernickety about kitchen hygiene or the authenticity of their dishes.’
    • ‘I would stay away from the clovers, since they can be harder for the fussy stomachs of horses.’
    • ‘They require moderate water and are not particularly fussy about feeding.’
    • ‘I'm horrible to work with; I'm so fussy and picky.’
    • ‘It's not hard and roses aren't really all that fussy, but the creation of a proper rosebed can mean the difference between mediocre roses and absolutely fabulous ones.’
    finicky, particular, over-particular, fastidious, discriminating, selective, dainty, punctilious
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    1. 1.1Showing excessive or anxious concern about detail.
      ‘Eleanor patted her hair with quick, fussy movements’
      • ‘And when it came to details, he was known to be worse than a fussy abbess running a nunnery.’
      • ‘The Grand Captain was a known perfectionist, and would have driven many of his men to frustration with his fussy attention to details if not for his charisma.’
      • ‘Otherwise Vanessa worked the field once in a while, decorating fussy people's living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other such rooms.’
      • ‘He hasn't become a millionaire filmmaker by being too fussy with the facts.’
      • ‘Lauren took things as they came for the most part, a particular boy band freak, and not too fussy when it came to clothes and makeup.’
      • ‘The novel follows Dylan from the time he accidentally kills a cat, at age five, through an especially anxious adolescence, into an adulthood as a somewhat fussy music critic.’
      • ‘Our first built projects were very important because they made us realize how fussy we need to be with details in order to get good results.’
      • ‘Second, any man so concerned and fussy about the details of a tooth-pick case is definitely a fop, a dandy.’
      • ‘Simple, elegant forms and natural textures are used in a design that emphasises warmth and comfort without relying on fussy detailing and excessive decoration.’
      • ‘He was not keen on gardening but was fussy about his lawns, which must have mowing stripes and no moss.’
      • ‘Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how ya look at it, the fussy scoldpottle gatekeepers of Christian correctitude don't take to such jive nonsense.’
      • ‘This can seem a lot of work, pedantic and fussy but is truly worth it if you can manage.’
      • ‘Most often it doesn't and he goes all sullen and broody, muttering about fussy neighbours and piling even more garden waste on the smoking heap.’
    2. 1.2Full of unnecessary detail or decoration.
      ‘I hate fussy clothes’
      • ‘Old-fashioned fussy and ornate hearths, by contrast, are out.’
      • ‘The effect, in the end, is a little fussy, everything too pretty and tight.’
      • ‘It would come as no surprise to find these pieces described as either French or English, c.1840-50, but the decoration is too ornate and fussy for this period.’
      • ‘The low-backed sofa, scattered with plain white and fuzzy-upholstered cushions, is warm and welcoming without being fussy, elaborate, or ornate.’
      • ‘In complete contrast to the UK, the multicourse gastronomic menu is on the retreat in Paris, and is being replaced by a new emphasis on less fussy, less expensive food.’
      • ‘The interior is very smart, not too fussy or full of showy gadgets or dials.’
      • ‘No more fussy garnishes and elaborate sauces for me, it's simple combinations that count.’
      • ‘The stage is constantly alive with the details of everyday life, but nothing looks fussy or threatens to interfere with the personalities who dominate the action.’
      • ‘He doesn't believe in posh sauces and fussy recipes - if the meat is good, it won't be dry.’
      • ‘Once he began to waltz with Katie, these clothes seemed fussy, embarrassingly showy.’
      • ‘The Gustavian style - a reaction against fussy rococo interiors - originated in 1770s Sweden and is still popular.’
      • ‘On the other hand, there are good signs in terms of design becoming less fussy: Flash is less prevalent as a design tool and advertising is still pretty manageable.’
      • ‘Don't go nuts with fussy extras and garish details.’
      • ‘I felt that the food then was unnecessarily fussy.’
      • ‘The arrangements are intricate without being fussy or complicated for the sake of it.’
      • ‘In the stuffy room, its walls lined with fussy little ornaments, but no photos of family or friends, I nestled into my brother and promptly fell asleep as only a child can do.’