Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from the sound of someone breathing quickly and excitedly

fuss

1 noun
     
fuss1 S3 [singular, uncountable]
1 anxious behaviour or activity that is usually about unimportant things:
James said he'd better be getting back or there'd be a fuss.
The Steamatic enables you to clean any carpet with the minimum of fuss.
2 attention or excitement that is usually unnecessary or unwelcome:
They wanted a quiet wedding without any fuss.
Until I heard her sing I couldn't see what all the fuss was about (=why people liked it so much).
3

make a fuss/kick up a fuss (about something)

to complain or become angry about something, especially when this is not necessary:
Josie kicked up a fuss because the soup was too salty.
I don't know why you're making such a fuss about it.
4

make a fuss of somebody/something

British English make a fuss over somebody/something American English to pay a lot of attention to someone or something, to show that you are pleased with them or like them:
Make a fuss of your dog when he behaves properly.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary