- (countable or uncountable) Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something.
- They made a big fuss about the wedding plans.
- What's all the fuss about?
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
- zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise
1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
- “Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke […] whom the papers are making such a fuss about.”
- A complaint or noise.
- If you make enough of a fuss about the problem, maybe they'll fix it for you.
- An exhibition of affection or admiration.
- They made a great fuss over the new baby.
excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something
a complaint or noise
an exhibition of affection or admiration
- (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
- His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
- (intransitive) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry about something
- Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
- (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
- (transitive) To show affection for, especially animals.
- (transitive) To pet.
- He fussed the cat.
to be very worried or excited about something, often too much
to fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something