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


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).

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.

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.

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