I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1701 1. a. needless bustle or excitement b. a show of flattering attention <
made a big fuss over his favorite niece
2. a. a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter b. objection, protest c. an often petty controversy or quarrel II. verb Date: 1792 intransitive verb 1. a. to create or be in a state of restless activity; especially to shower flattering attentions <
fussing over the grandchildren
b. to pay close or undue attention to small details <
fussed with her hair
2. a. to become upset ; worry b. to express annoyance or pique ; complain transitive verb agitate, upsetfusser noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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