Definition of fussy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌsi/

adjective (fussier, fussiest)

1Fastidious about one’s needs or requirements; hard to please: he is very fussy about what he eats
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  • I am old, cynical, bitter, twisted, awkward, difficult, fussy, and generally hard to please.
  • They're earthy and considerate lovers: refined, reliable and ready to please - but fussy about surroundings.
  • I would stay away from the clovers, since they can be harder for the fussy stomachs of horses.
finicky, particular, over-particular, fastidious, discriminating, selective, dainty, punctilious;
hard to please, difficult, exacting, demanding;
faddish, faddy
informal pernickety, choosy, picky, nitpicking, old womanish, old maidish
North American informal persnickety
archaic nice, overnice
rare finical
1.1Showing excessive or anxious concern about detail: Eleanor patted her hair with quick, fussy movements
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  • Second, any man so concerned and fussy about the details of a tooth-pick case is definitely a fop, a dandy.
  • Simple, elegant forms and natural textures are used in a design that emphasises warmth and comfort without relying on fussy detailing and excessive decoration.
  • The Grand Captain was a known perfectionist, and would have driven many of his men to frustration with his fussy attention to details if not for his charisma.
1.2Full of unnecessary detail or decoration: I hate fussy clothes
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  • The interior is very smart, not too fussy or full of showy gadgets or dials.
  • It would come as no surprise to find these pieces described as either French or English, c.1840-50, but the decoration is too ornate and fussy for this period.
  • I felt that the food then was unnecessarily fussy.
over-elaborate, over-embellished, overdecorated, over-ornate, overdone, overworked, busy, cluttered, laboured, strained, florid;
ornate, fancy


not be fussy

informal Not be very concerned about something, especially a decision that is to be made: he’s quite welcome to do that because the rest of us are not fussy
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  • I think Andrew wanted to build, that was him and his mother, and I wasn't fussy.
  • When it comes to food, the Chinese aren't fussy.
  • These guys aren't fussy, they'll take an eyeball on account.



Pronunciation: /ˈfʌsɪli/
Example sentences
  • The system of colour coding on the sidebars, repeated untidily on the spine, to designate distinctions between architecture, craft and design, may be conceptually tight but is fussily unhelpful to the reader.
  • Instead, the Security Council has been revealed as a committee of querulous clerks, fussily reviewing the U.S. hegemon's paperwork before smacking it with the rubber stamp.
  • We have followed the existing character of the conservation area with simpler, less fussily detailed buildings.


Pronunciation: /ˈfʌsɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • There is a kind of fussiness about intellectual distinctions that I think is inappropriate in a struggle where there are two sides and you know which side you're on.
  • We started to understand that her fussiness and mini-rants were because she expected high standards of everything from us, and from the world.
  • I'm going to have to learn to adapt to its fussiness.

Words that rhyme with fussy

hussy, mussy

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