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Meaning of “fussy” in the English Dictionary

"fussy" in British English

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fussyadjective

uk   us   /ˈfʌs.i/ disapproving
  • fussy adjective (NOT EASILY SATISFIED)

C2 not ​easilysatisfied, or having very high ​standards about ​particular things: All my ​children were fussy ​eaters. He's so fussy about the ​house - everything has to be ​absolutelyperfect. "Why am I still ​single?" "You're too fussy - that's ​yourproblem!"
  • fussy adjective (BABY)

US A fussy ​baby is ​unhappy or ​difficult to ​please: It ​seems that the ​baby is always fussy at dinnertime.
fussily
adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.li/
fussily ​decorated
fussiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-i.nəs/
(Definition of fussy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fussy" in American English

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fussyadjective

 us   /ˈfʌs·i/
  • fussy adjective (NOT SATISFIED)

disapproving not ​easilysatisfied or ​pleased; ​worried or ​careful about ​unimportantdetails: She’s really fussy about who she goes out with. Kevin’s a fussy eater.
  • fussy adjective (TOO DECORATED)

having too much ​decoration or too many ​details: My new ​dress is ​sophisticated but not too fussy.
(Definition of fussy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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