• WordNet 3.6
    • v fuss worry unnecessarily or excessively "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
    • v fuss care for like a mother "She fusses over her husband"
    • n fuss a rapid active commotion
    • n fuss a quarrel about petty points
    • n fuss an angry disturbance "he didn't want to make a fuss","they had labor trouble","a spot of bother"
    • n fuss an excited state of agitation "he was in a dither","there was a terrible flap about the theft"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fuss A tumult; a bustle; unnecessary or annoying ado about trifles. "Zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise"
    • Fuss One who is unduly anxious about trifles; a fussbudget. "I am a fuss and I don't deny it."
    • v. i Fuss To be overbusy or unduly anxious about trifles; to make a bustle or ado.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fuss Trifling, useless, or annoying activity; disorderly bustle; an anxious display of petty energy.
    • n fuss A disturbing course of action; a display of perturbed feeling; disturbance; tumult: as, to make a fuss over a disappointment.
    • n fuss A large, fat, bustling person.
    • fuss To make much ado about trifles; make a bustle.
    • fuss To disturb or confuse with trifling matters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fuss fus a bustle or tumult: haste, flurry
    • v.i Fuss to be in a bustle
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  • John Osborne
    John Osborne
    “We all of us waited for him to die. The family sent him a check every month, and hoped he'd get on with it quietly, without too much vulgar fuss.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Fusome


In literature:

And there's never any fussing about his food.
"Ted and the Telephone" by Sara Ware Bassett
So he wasn't at all fussed about trying to make a cotton gin.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
They had been warned to make no fuss in going, and they made none.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
But work quietly; do not make a fuss.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
If he's not in love with her, nor she with him, what are you making all this fuss about?
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
I wouldn't be mean enough to go off and leave you with all this fuss and worry on your hands.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And all this fuss on account of those berries.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
I say, don't make such a fuss about it.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
Some of the others would certainly resent Lalage's action and then there would be a fuss.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Edith and Claudia are making far too much fuss over her.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

Is he quiet, or always making a fuss?
Is his steward a Swiss or a Swede or Russ,
or a SCOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Come snow, and hail, and thunderbolts,
Sleet, fire, and general fuss;
Come to my arms, come all at once--
Oh photograph me thus!
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
He gets into your way, he fusses,
You hear his footsteps overhead,
He tears the napkin off the table
And creeps in slippers to the bed.
"July" by Boris Pasternak
And when you see that anywhere,--
At least, since this fuss with Spain,--
It's the President who puts it there,
And it means 'Remember the Maine'!"
"The New Cup" by Carolyn Wells
"My bird, I want your train," she cried;
"Come, don't let's have a fuss about it;
I'll make it beauty's pet and pride,
And you'll be better off without it.
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
For w'y dey mak' de fuss lak dat, an' nearly
broke deir neck,
Ain't dey got de noder oyster more better dan
Or caraquette, dat leetle wan from down be-
low Kebeck?
"The Oyster Schooner" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

But Carole Florman, a spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, says she doesn't understand what the fuss is all about.
Campbell said Ms Simpson told police that she grew frustrated with the infant 's fussing prior to the assault.
The phrase is the stuff of media and fan fuss, he said, not something grounded in actual coaching practice.
MLive and Chronicle reporter Dave Alexander recently had a smart meter installed at his home and so far he doesn't see what all the fuss is about.
There is a fuss-free way to get in touch with nature — and this one originates from ancient Central Asian nomads.
It seemed like the grownups fussed over the food and table setting forever before the Big Turkey Reveal.
2012 at The Westfield Fireman's Exempt Hall, 75 Bourne St, Westfield, New York 14787, in honor of Jock 's request for no-fuss pomp and circumstance.
WASHINGTON A Labor Department official tells CBS News correspondent Bob Fuss there should be no delay in the release of the monthly employment report.
My pilot met me at the Santiago airport in Chile, made a fuss about taking my bags, and then shuttled me into his helicopter for the 15-minute transfer up Maipo Valley.
There's been a lot of fuss recently from respected libertarian thinkers like J.D.
Fists Don't Lie in Fuss on Fighting.
Obfuscation — AHB-fuss-KAY-shun — an unclear or obscure rendering.
Some dogs, like Peke and Pudge --sitting on Santa's lap for a photo op in 2011 -- don't mind all the holiday fuss.
With all the fuss in the media at the moment about Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the British are united in their adoration of their monarch .
"They were always throwing my can everywhere after they emptied it," Appleby fussed.

In science:

Moreover, in the preceding section on cycle graphs, we obtained limit eigenvalue distributions which are classical multiplicative convolutions of Fuss-Catalan measures, see equation (90).
Random graph states, maximal flow and Fuss-Catalan distributions
The simplest case which can not be described by the Fuss-Catalan statistics and independent products comes from the Hasse diagram in Figure 23(c).
Random graph states, maximal flow and Fuss-Catalan distributions
Notice that the probability measure in equation (93) is genuinely new, and can not be obtain from the Fuss-Catalan family by taking classically independent products.
Random graph states, maximal flow and Fuss-Catalan distributions
In certain graphs states the partial trace leads to density matrices with spectra described by the Fuss-Catalan distribution π (s) , studied earlier in .
Random graph states, maximal flow and Fuss-Catalan distributions
Even though the resulting pure state on the remaining subsystems A and D does depend on the outcome of the measurement, its statistical properties do not, and we show that the corresponding level density is given by the Fuss-Catalan distribution.
Generating random density matrices