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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