from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Needlessly nervous or useless activity; commotion: There was a lot of fuss on moving day.
  • n. A state of excessive and unwarranted concern over an unimportant matter: made a big fuss over one low test grade.
  • n. An objection; a protest: The longer working hours caused a big fuss.
  • n. A quarrel.
  • n. A display of affectionate excitement and attention: Everyone made a fuss over the new baby.
  • intransitive v. To trouble or worry over trifles.
  • intransitive v. To be excessively careful or solicitous: fussed over their children.
  • intransitive v. To get into or be in a state of nervous or useless activity: fussed with the collar of his coat.
  • intransitive v. To object; complain.
  • transitive v. To disturb or vex with unimportant matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something
  • v. To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
  • v. To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something
  • v. To cry or be ill-humoured.
  • v. To show affection for, especially animals.
  • v. To pet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tumult; a bustle; unnecessary or annoying ado about trifles.
  • n. One who is unduly anxious about trifles; a fussbudget.
  • intransitive v. To be overbusy or unduly anxious about trifles; to make a bustle or ado.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make much ado about trifles; make a bustle.
  • To disturb or confuse with trifling matters.
  • n. Trifling, useless, or annoying activity; disorderly bustle; an anxious display of petty energy.
  • n. A disturbing course of action; a display of perturbed feeling; disturbance; tumult: as, to make a fuss over a disappointment.
  • n. A large, fat, bustling person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quarrel about petty points
  • n. a rapid active commotion
  • n. an excited state of agitation
  • n. an angry disturbance
  • v. worry unnecessarily or excessively
  • v. care for like a mother


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Danish fjas ("nonsense"), from Middle Low German (compare German faseln ("to maunder, talk nonsense")) (Wiktionary)


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