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1 an excited state of agitation; "he was in a dither"; "there was a terrible flap about the theft" [syn: dither, pother, tizzy, flap]
2 an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother" [syn: trouble, bother, hassle]
3 a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery]
4 a rapid bustling commotion [syn: bustle, hustle, flurry, ado, stir]


1 worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: niggle, fret]
2 care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband" [syn: mother, overprotect]

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see Fuss




  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?
  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.
  4. Future Utah Student Section or Former Utah Student Section


excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something
a complaint or noise
an exhibition of affection or admiration


  1. to be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
    His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  2. to fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something
    Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.


to be very worried or excited about something, often too much
to fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something

Usage notes


  1. to show affection for, esp. animals.
  2. to pet.
    He fussed the cat.

Extensive Definition

Fuss may refer to:
fuss in French: Fuss

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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