American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To trouble or worry over trifles.
- v. To be excessively careful or solicitous: fussed over their children.
- v. To get into or be in a state of nervous or useless activity: fussed with the collar of his coat.
- v. To object; complain.
- v. To disturb or vex with unimportant matters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To make much ado about trifles; make a bustle.
- To disturb or confuse with trifling matters.
- n. countable or uncountable excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something
- v. intransitive To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
- v. intransitive To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something
- v. intransitive To cry or be ill-humoured.
- v. transitive To show affection for, especially animals.
- v. transitive To pet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tumult; a bustle; unnecessary or annoying ado about trifles.
- n. rare One who is unduly anxious about trifles; a fussbudget.
- v. To be overbusy or unduly anxious about trifles; to make a bustle or ado.
- 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
- Perhaps from Danish fjas ("nonsense"), from Middle Low German (compare German faseln ("to maunder, talk nonsense")) (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“(One of these days, I'm gonna get myself a potato ricer and see what all the fuss is about ...)”
“But Nigel Coleman, the organizer of the Tea Party, told CNN he doesn't see what all the fuss is about.”
“Nigel Coleman just "doesn't see what all the fuss is about!”
“And if its so bad then why all the fuss is about must be something good about it.”
“Those of us that are intelligent know what all the fuss is about anytime our Black President tries to do something to help our country.”
“I won't say it but I'm sure many of you REALLY know what all the fuss is about. normajean”
“I think if some of you people dont what the president to talk to your kids well turn the Tv Set off I am sure he didnt pay for it so what the fuss is all about, no one is forcing to to keep it on. dem4obama”
“They poked fun at the Eclipse teaser for the trailer a few days ago and got the idea from one of their twitter followers that maybe they should actually read the books, at least one of them, to find out what all the fuss is about.”
“Frankly, if you go to Kirkuk, you sort of - you know, it's okay, but you sort of wonder what all the fuss is about.”
“Hefner makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on the popularity of 3D movies such as Avatar and How to Train Your Dragon, even as he makes no secret of not quite getting what all the fuss is about.”
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