• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fussy exacting especially about details "a finicky eater","fussy about clothes","very particular about how her food was prepared"
    • adj fussy annoyed and irritable
    • adj fussy overcrowded or cluttered with detail "a busy painting","a fussy design"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fussy Making a fuss; disposed to make an unnecessary ado about trifles; overnice; fidgety. "Not at all fussy about his personal appearance."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fussy Moving and acting with fuss; bustling; making much ado about trifles; making more ado than is necessary.
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In literature:

The difficulty was to fancy a big, slow fellow like Ned rushing here and there in a noisy, fussy little station.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
You see, my lips aren't so immaculate, or so fussy!
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
He was not the man to weary the parish with fussy little schemes, and he knew better than level down the Sacrament.
"Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers" by Ian Maclaren
But he's a fussy old freak, and I don't guarantee he'll stay more than a minute.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I am a rather fussy and very forgetful old lady.
"The Girl Scouts at Home" by Katherine Keene Galt
He is fussy enough, and stupid enough, for a Paddington beadle.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Having a baby is not a disease, and you will not need to have fussy care.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
Much has been written about the unwed, middle-aged woman; her fussiness, her primness, her angularity of mind and body.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Old King Bear, who was king no longer, wasn't the least mite fussy about what he had to eat, but ate gladly any food he could find.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
But if you're going to be so fussy, you might keep boarding-house, and have her for lady boarder.
"Prudy Keeping House" by Sophie May

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:

Thomas Ades ' wondrous opera premieres at Met, joined to fussy Lepage production.
The main symptoms are prolonged fussiness and crying spells, usually beginning in the late afternoon and lasting until bedtime.
You can't lob a legume through a restaurant these days without hitting someone on a fussy — and fairly freaky — diet.
Dutch irises require average garden soil, they're not too fussy.
Not in a fussy way, though.
Fussy newborns may have more troubles later on .
Liam Neeson, celebrating his 60th birthday, isn't fussy when it comes to restrooms.
Gale Gordon, a character actor known for his comic fussiness and his television sitcom roles opposite Lucille Ball , died on Friday at the Redwood Terrace Health Center in Escondido, Calif He was 89.
So contends Daniel B at Fussy Little Blog.
If a fussy eater in your family wants to know "What's in this".
Many experts, such as Dr Harvey Karp, author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block," encourage new moms and dads to swaddle a fussy baby.
Last month at a Webster, Texas Target store, Michelle Hickman began nursing her fussy, hungry infant son in the store's women's clothing section.
Every parent knows how frustrating it can be to try and soothe a fussy baby.
That depends on the area to be watered, how fussy you are, and how much you can spend.
3 Fussy cut strawberries .

In science:

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