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See also: Fuss, fúss, and Fuß



Of unkown origin. Perhaps from Danish fjas ‎(nonsense)[1], from Middle Low German (compare German faseln ‎(to maunder, talk nonsense))



fuss ‎(countable and uncountable, plural fusses)

  1. (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.”
  2. A complaint or noise.
    If you make enough of a fuss about the problem, maybe they'll fix it for you.
  3. An exhibition of affection or admiration.
    They made a great fuss over the new baby.



fuss ‎(third-person singular simple present fusses, present participle fussing, simple past and past participle fussed)

  1. (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
    His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  2. (intransitive) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry about something
    Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
  3. (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
  4. (transitive) To show affection for, especially animals.
  5. (transitive) To pet.
    He fussed the cat.

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  1. ^ fuss” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).