fuss

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
fuss

Plural
fusses

  1. (countable & uncountable) Too much activity, worry, bother, or talk about something.
    They made a big fuss about the wedding plans.
    What's all the fuss about?
  2. A complaint or noise.
    If you make enough of a fuss about the problem, maybe they'll fix it for you.
  3. A show of affection or about liking something.
    They made a great fuss over the new baby.


Verb[change]

Plain form
fuss

Third-person singular
fusses

Past tense
fussed

Past participle
fussed

Present participle
fussing

  1. (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
    His grandmother will never quit fussing over his cigarette smoking.
  2. (intransitive) To fiddle; to move about, or adjust; to worry something
    Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.

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