Fuss



[fuhs] /fʌs/

noun
1.
an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle:
They made a fuss over the new baby.
2.
an argument or noisy dispute:
They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
3.
a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used without object)
4.
to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles:
You’ll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
5.
to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used with object)
6.
to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
/fʌs/
noun
1.
nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
2.
complaint or objection: he made a fuss over the bill
3.
an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessive: they made a great fuss over the new baby
4.
a quarrel; dispute
verb
5.
(intransitive) to worry unnecessarily
6.
(intransitive) to be excessively concerned over trifles
7.
when intr, usually foll by over. to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
8.
(Jamaican) (intransitive) foll by with. to quarrel violently
9.
(transitive) to bother (a person)
n.

1701, perhaps an alteration of force, or imitative of bubbling or sputtering sounds, or from Danish fjas “foolery, nonsense.” First attested in Anglo-Irish writers, but no obvious connections to Irish. To make a fuss was earlier to keep a fuss (1726).
v.

1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.

Related Terms

kick up a fuss
In addition to the idiom beginning with
fuss

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