Meaning of “fuss” in the English Dictionary

"fuss" in British English

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uk /fʌs/ us /fʌs/


C1 [ S or U ] a show of anger, worry, or excitement that is unnecessary or greater than the situation deserves:

She made such a fuss when Richard spilled a drop of wine on her blouse!
It's all a fuss about nothing.
I don't see what the fuss is about - he seems like a fairly ordinary-looking guy to me.
We tried to arrange a ceremony with as little fuss as possible.
make a fuss of sb

mainly US make a fuss over sb to give someone a lot of attention and treat them well:

She doesn't see her grandchildren very often so she makes a real fuss of them when she does.

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[ I ] to give too much attention to small matters that are not important, usually in a way that shows that you are worried and not relaxed:

Please, stop fussing - the food's cooking and there's nothing more to do until the guests arrive.
It irritates me the way she's always fussing with her hair!

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(Definition of “fuss” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fuss" in American English

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fussnoun [ U ]

us /fʌs/

the condition of being excited, annoyed, or not satisfied about something, esp. about something that is not very important:

[ U ] Let’s see what all the fuss is about.
[ U ] She learned to make good food without too much fuss.
[ C ] Why are they suddenly making a fuss about this (= becoming excited about it)?

fussverb [ I ]

us /fʌs/

to become upset or excited:

She was never one to fuss about insignificant things.
Some people like to be fussed over (= receive a lot of attention).
She sat there fussing with her bright red dress (= touching and moving it nervously).

(Definition of “fuss” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)