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FUSS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fuss mean? 

FUSS (noun)
  The noun FUSS has 4 senses:

1. an excited state of agitation
2. an angry disturbance
3. a quarrel about petty points
4. a rapid active commotion

  Familiarity information: FUSS used as a noun is uncommon.


FUSS (verb)
  The verb FUSS has 2 senses:

1. worry unnecessarily or excessively
2. care for like a mother

  Familiarity information: FUSS used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FUSS (noun)


Sense 1fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An excited state of agitation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

dither; fuss; pother; tizzy; flap

Context examples:

he was in a dither / there was a terrible flap about the theft

Hypernyms ("fuss" is a kind of...):

agitation (a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance)


Sense 2fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An angry disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

bother; hassle; trouble; fuss

Context examples:

he didn't want to make a fuss / they had labor trouble / a spot of bother

Hypernyms ("fuss" is a kind of...):

disturbance; perturbation (activity that is an intrusion or interruption)


Sense 3fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quarrel about petty points

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

spat; pettifoggery; tiff; bickering; bicker; squabble; fuss

Hypernyms ("fuss" is a kind of...):

dustup; quarrel; row; run-in; words; wrangle (an angry dispute)


Sense 4fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rapid active commotion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ado; bustle; flurry; hustle; stir; fuss

Hypernyms ("fuss" is a kind of...):

commotion; din; ruckus; ruction; rumpus; tumult (the act of making a noisy disturbance)


FUSS (verb)


Sense 1fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worry unnecessarily or excessively

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

niggle; fuss; fret

Context example:

don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now

Hypernyms (to "fuss" is one way to...):

worry (be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fuss"):

scruple (raise scruples)

dither; flap; pother (make a fuss; be agitated)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue fuss over the results of the experiment


Sense 2fuss [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Care for like a mother

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

mother; overprotect; fuss

Context example:

She fusses over her husband

Hypernyms (to "fuss" is one way to...):

care; give care (provide care for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP


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