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
- 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.
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)