(noun, verb)


1. an excited state of agitation

Similar word(s): dither, flap, pother, tizzy

Definition categories: state, agitation

2. an angry disturbance

- he didn't want to make a fuss

Similar word(s): bother, hassle, trouble

Definition categories: event, disturbance, perturbation

3. a quarrel about petty points

Similar word(s): bicker, bickering, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff

Definition categories: communication, dustup, quarrel, row, words, wrangle

4. a rapid active commotion

Similar word(s): ado, bustle, flurry, hustle, stir

Definition categories: act, commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult

Sentences with fuss as a noun:

- They made a big fuss about the wedding plans.

- What's all the fuss about?

- If you make enough of a fuss about the problem, maybe they'll fix it for you.

- They made a great fuss over the new baby.


1. worry unnecessarily or excessively

- don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now

Similar word(s): fret, niggle

Definition categories: emotion, worry

2. care for like a mother

- She fusses over her husband

Similar word(s): mother, overprotect

Definition categories: social, care

Sentences with fuss as a verb:

- His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.

- Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.

- He fussed the cat.