- (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.”
2018 January 25, Amelia Gentleman, “Men-only clubs and menace: how the establishment maintains male power”, in the Guardian:
- But in the reader comments section beneath the FT piece, many couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. “I’m surprised to see the FT reporting this sort of thing,” one person wrote.
- A complaint or noise; a scene.
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
- Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
- (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
- (intransitive, with over) 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