an excessive display of anxious attention or activity; needless or useless bustle:
They made a fuss over the new baby.
an argument or noisy dispute:
They had a fuss about who should wash dishes.
a complaint or protest, especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used without object)
to make a fuss; make much ado about trifles:
You’ll never finish the job if you fuss over details.
to complain especially about something relatively unimportant.
verb (used with object)
to disturb, especially with trifles; annoy; bother.
nervous activity or agitation, esp when disproportionate or unnecessary
complaint or objection: he made a fuss over the bill
an exhibition of affection or admiration, esp if excessive: they made a great fuss over the new baby
a quarrel; dispute
(intransitive) to worry unnecessarily
(intransitive) to be excessively concerned over trifles
when intr, usually foll by over. to show great or excessive concern, affection, etc (for)
(Jamaican) (intransitive) foll by with. to quarrel violently
(transitive) to bother (a person)
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).
1792, from fuss (n.). Related: Fussed; fussing.
kick up a fuss
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[fuhs-ee] /ˈfʌs i/ adjective, fussier, fussiest. 1. excessively busy with trifles; anxious or particular about petty details. 2. hard to satisfy or please: a fussy eater. 3. (of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated: All the bric-a-brac gave the room a fussy, cluttered look. 4. full of details, especially in excess: His writing […]
[fuhs-tuh-nel-uh, foo-stuh-] /ˌfʌs təˈnɛl ə, ˌfu stə-/ noun 1. a short stiff skirt, usually pleated, made of white cotton or linen, worn by men in some parts of the Balkans. /ˌfʌstəˈnɛlə/ noun 1. a white knee-length pleated skirt worn by men in Greece and Albania
- Fustest with the mostest
adverb phrase First with the most; soonest and best equipped [fr explanation said to have been given by Confederate General Nathan B Forrest of how he won a skirmish; he actually said ”Get there first with the most men”] Related Terms firstest with the mostest
[fuh-stet] /fʌˈstɛt/ noun 1. the smoke tree, Cotinus coggygria. 2. Also called young fustic. the dyewood of this tree.