fussiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fussiness unnecessary elaborateness in details
    • n fussiness an irritable petulant feeling
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fussiness The quality of being fussy.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fussiness The state of being fussy; bustle, especially needless or disorderly bustle.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fussiness a needless state of bustle.—adj. Fuss′y
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

I hope Ned will be fussy about your things, too.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Some began to whisper behind his back that he was fussy.
"Mother West Wind "How" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
He had a wife that was fussy and mean.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
I never knew no one more fussy about the unhooking of her gown.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Well, it's Norton Plummer, that fussy little lawyer neighbor of ours who lives about half a mile the other side of the railroad.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Parents are pardonably fussy about the sort of person they turn their children over to, so I must have a care.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
The appearance of the boys had rather pleased him, while he did not like the actions of the fussy man and his companion at all.
"The Rover Boys at Colby Hall" by Arthur M. Winfield
How important and fussy the cooks at the spits!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
She probably thinks the honey-bee family would get along just as well if they were a little less fussy, and probably she is right.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The society was not such as intelligent men enjoy, being composed of two Egyptian boys and three fussy old ladies.
"Shawl-Straps" by Louisa M. Alcott
The kingfishers were always in a hurry, and their colours were fussy and discordant.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
We have become fussy and fidgety.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
I'm going to pay particular attention to the little fussy things.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Old Mrs. Bray never wore fussy clothes; and it had not been Nell's way.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
This fussy little mite is not so long as a man's thumb.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
He was a rather fussy housekeeper.
"Scrimshaw" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She'll be happier there and so shall I. I'm terribly fussy.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
They will survive when the fussy races have worn themselves out.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
While the prominent business man longed to be sitting on a foolish stool trying shoes on a fussy old lady.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
What's the use of being so fussy?
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
***

In poetry:

"And when he feels the poor clothes go,
All raggedy and mussy,
He sheds an acid tear or two,
And keeps on being fussy.
"December" by Nancy Byrd Turner
"You once were inclined to be fussy;
You turned at inferior rye;
You moped at a dubious vintage
And shrieked if the gin wasn't dry.
"Owed To Volstead" by Wallace Irwin
F was a fussy Flamingo,
Who remarked to his family, "By jingo!
I think I would go
To that animal show,
But they all talk such barbarous lingo."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
As from faint stars the glory waned and waned,
The fussy insects made the garden shrill;
Beyond the luminous pasture lands complained
One lonely whippoorwill.
"Spring Twilight" by Madison Julius Cawein
Come, all you young waddies, I'll sing you a song,
Stand back from the wagon--stay where you belong:
I've heard you observin' I'm fussy and slow
While you're punchin' cattle and I'm punchin' dough.
"Punchin' Dough" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
We won't talk of his pretty shaps, his fussy shirt, and such,
Cose all we want to mention here is how he got in Dutch.
We led out that Coyote hoss, and had him kinda riled,
And it didn't look as though this boy was anything but piled.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Description Sometimes, when your baby is fussy, it's hard to know exactly what she wants.
But underweight children — often fussy eaters who have little interest in food — can be just as frustrating and worrisome.
CARTHAGE — Amber K Simpson, 25, has admitted that she choked her 6-month-old niece "out of frustration from lack of sleep caused by the fussy baby," according to state police.
Classical music performances often get criticized for their museum-like fussiness, where the polished and perfect rendering of well-worn pieces is the goal.
Paperwhites are some of the most beautiful flowers to have around the house this time of year, but they can sometimes be fussy when it comes to growing.
Managing Family Mealtimes and Cooking for Fussy Eaters Now Easier with Mealtimes Without Mayhem Guidebook.
Managing Family Mealtimes and Cooking for Fussy Eaters Now Easier with Mealtimes Without Mayhem Guidebook.
The chef's new downtown digs have breathed new life into his formerly fussy dishes.
If you think your kid is fussy about what they eat, you should try packing a lunch when your child has food allergies.
Parenting expert Notoya Green talked to Natasha about dining out with fussy children and gave advice on what you can do to keep them occupied.
Her nails are too long and need to be trimmed, so she is a little fussy about having her sore feet handled.
Enough with the fussy parties and making yourself crazy all in the name of a good time.
What's the Difference between Being Fussy and Having an Eating Disorder.
Lavender is fussy about growing conditions.
Don't let phyllo dough's fussy reputation put you off: our method of brushing olive oil and sprinkling breadcrumbs between the layers makes this tart actually quite simple to assemble, and helps keep it healthy.
***

In science:

Siegfried Fussy, Gerhard Gr¨ossing, Herbert Schwabl, and Armin Scrinzi.
Quantum Cellular Automata
***