Word of the Day: fuss

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
December 2, 2015
 
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fuss (noun, verb) sound LISTEN icon
 
 
 
Julien always makes a fuss when I try to cook dinner without a recipe.
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Fuss is a very common word, especially in the UK. As a noun, it means an excessive agitation or display of attention, or a noisy protest. As a verb, it means 'to complain or worry too much about little things' or 'to behave in a nervous way.' When used with with it means 'to fiddle with something or keep adjusting it in a nervous way.' When used with over it means 'to show concern over or give a lot of attention to someone or something.'
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Example sentences
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Our boss suddenly quit today and there is a big fuss at the office.
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The kids were so tired that they went to sleep without a fuss.
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Stop fussing over it and do it!
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Kim kept fussing with her clothes before her big date.
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My husband always fusses over me when I'm sick.
 
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Words often used with fuss
 
Make a fuss is another way of using fuss as a verb. If you make a fuss, you behave in an agitated way, but if you make a fuss of people or animals, that means showing them a lot of attention: "I always make a fuss of my dog when I get home from work."
 
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Multi-word forms
 
fusspot (noun, UK, informal): someone who fusses a lot
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Did you know?
 
Fussy is a related adjective that we use for someone who makes a fuss. It is especially common to say that an agitated baby is fussy, and fussy can also mean 'too busy with unimportant things' or 'hard to satisfy.' In reference to clothes and designs, it can mean 'with too much decoration' or 'too elaborate.' Example: "I thought Erica's wedding dress was too fussy. I prefer classic, elegant styles."
 
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Other forms
 
fusser (noun), fussy (adjective)
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Origin
 
Fuss dates from around the beginning of the 18th century, but its origins are unknown.
 
 
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