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

  • n. A person who fusses over trifles. Also called fusspot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who complains or fusses a great deal, especially about unimportant matters; a fusspot

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person who thinks excessively about unfortunate things that might happen; one who is excessively concerned about matters of trifling importance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nervous, fidgety person.

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

  • n. thinks about unfortunate things that might happen


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  • In the past, the President notoriously spent immense amounts of time poring over the, leading one exasperated congressman to describe her as a "fussbudget" (defined by the American Heritage dictionary as a "person who fusses over trifles.

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  • Here we have Charlie Brown and his insecurities with the Little Red-Haired Girl, Linus running for class president, Lucy being the eternal fussbudget, and Snoopy dealing with a pesky flock of birds (who would eventually evolve into one bird, Woodstock).

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  • If Bailey Ruth has to bend a few rules to help Kathleen save her family, Wiggins, her fussbudget supervisor, will make sure it all turns out right in the end.

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  • One man turns "obsessive about his exercise program"; another, the fussbudget bachelor in "Trespass," drives a would-be girlfriend crazy by punctiliously noting their nature walks in a logbook.

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  • The show's influence is certainly still being felt -- most noticeably on NBC's "30 Rock," with its show-about-a-show, and on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," where Larry David plays a neurotic fussbudget named Larry David who co-created "Seinfeld," which is of course true.

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  • "Losing It With Jillian" takes what was good about "The Biggest Loser" -- the weigh-ins, the workouts, the touchy-feely fussbudget who is Jillian's co-star, Bob Harper -- and replaces it with all that oopy-goopy lard of the sorrow of being fat.

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  • At this point she clearly dismissed me as a curmudgeonly fussbudget, which I most assuredly am.

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  • The personalities were also altered: the Scarecrow was intensely accident-prone but strangely indifferent to his bumbling, the heartless Tin Man was aggressively rude and insensitive to others and the Lion, although still jittery when facing real and perceived threat, is often more of a fussbudget than a brazen sissy.

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  • This material is ideal for heating to intensely high temperature for searing and stir-frying, but it also means that, unlike the other low-maintenance equipment in my kitchen, the wok is a fussbudget.

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  • The Democratic caucuses, by contrast, feel like the SATs, where a fussbudget caucus chair, enjoying his or her moment in the sun, explains a mind-numbing series of rules and insists that you obey them if you want your effort to count.

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