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The word "fuss" is used when someone worries about a situation or causes a problem because of a very particular, personal preference.
In these examples, the word "fuss" is a verb:
- Jeremy is always fussing around with puzzles.
- Vanessa is fussing with her dress, trying to make it look right.
- If you fuss with that recipe too much, you’re going to ruin it.
- Stop fussing with that.
- A customer who was fussing over the menu at Burger King made the people behind him wait until he finally made up his mind. (This is an example of a compound-complex sentence.)
The word "fuss" is also a noun:
- It’s not necessary to make a big fuss out of this situation. (The verb "make" and the adjective "big" are often used with "fuss.")
- The neighbors made a big fuss when Ronald parked his boat in the street.
- If you make a big enough fuss about something, you’ll get the attention of other people.
- Don’t make a fuss. Just be quiet.
The word "fussy" is an adjective.
- Rachel is a fussy eater.
- Walter is fussy about where he lives.
- Some students are very fussy about where they sit in class.
- Stop being so fussy.
He spends a lot of time fussing with his hair.
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Date of publication: November 6, 2016