Meaning of fussy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfʌsi/

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adjectiveadjective fussier, adjective fussiest

  • 1Fastidious about one's needs or requirements; hard to please.

    ‘he is very fussy about what he eats’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was as fussy and fastidious as many great writers, prone to restless and often tiny adjustments.’
    • ‘A fussy mother of the Caucasian bride and an over-zealous traditional aunt of the East-Indian groom make this road to marital bliss rougher than it needs to be.’
    • ‘My mother is very fussy about dogs and she surely tested a dozen before settling on Max.’
    • ‘I know, some are fussy and require extra attention while others are completely elusive, but that's part of their charm.’
    • ‘This is especially important for veggie or fussy diners who are pernickety about kitchen hygiene or the authenticity of their dishes.’
    • ‘Women enjoy the attentiveness of Shanghai men but can't stand their being fussy and ‘picky’.’
    • ‘Beginners should avoid difficult, fussy crops such as cauliflower.’
    • ‘It is hard to understand how anyone can be fussy about the tidiness of his/her own surrounds and yet have no concern for the feelings of the people living near where the plastic bags were dumped.’
    • ‘If you find a Stream with a badly worn interior it's either been to the moon and back or had a very hard life, so be fussy and accept only the best.’
    • ‘I'm horrible to work with; I'm so fussy and picky.’
    • ‘Adults are fussy and picky; adults only want to deal in logic and real life.’
    • ‘They require moderate water and are not particularly fussy about feeding.’
    • ‘They are also fussy in selecting life-long partners so, understandably, courting takes ages, as does the honeymoon before baby arrives.’
    • ‘‘I'm very choosy in selecting characters, and very fussy about my role,’ she admits.’
    • ‘It's not hard and roses aren't really all that fussy, but the creation of a proper rosebed can mean the difference between mediocre roses and absolutely fabulous ones.’
    • ‘Judging by his phony picture he's one of those fussy, antiseptic, precocious little boys that mothers adore and fathers get used to.’
    • ‘Many young children go through periods of being fussy eaters and this is a normal part of growing up.’
    finicky, particular, over-particular, fastidious, discriminating, selective, dainty, punctilious
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    1. 1.1Showing excessive or anxious concern about detail.
      ‘Eleanor patted her hair with quick, fussy movements’
      • ‘Second, any man so concerned and fussy about the details of a tooth-pick case is definitely a fop, a dandy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The novel follows Dylan from the time he accidentally kills a cat, at age five, through an especially anxious adolescence, into an adulthood as a somewhat fussy music critic.’
      • ‘This can seem a lot of work, pedantic and fussy but is truly worth it if you can manage.’
      • ‘He was not keen on gardening but was fussy about his lawns, which must have mowing stripes and no moss.’
      • ‘Our first built projects were very important because they made us realize how fussy we need to be with details in order to get good results.’
      • ‘And when it came to details, he was known to be worse than a fussy abbess running a nunnery.’
      • ‘Most often it doesn't and he goes all sullen and broody, muttering about fussy neighbours and piling even more garden waste on the smoking heap.’
      • ‘Otherwise Vanessa worked the field once in a while, decorating fussy people's living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other such rooms.’
      • ‘He hasn't become a millionaire filmmaker by being too fussy with the facts.’
      careful, conscientious, diligent, ultra-careful, scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, demanding, exacting, accurate, correct
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    2. 1.2Full of unnecessary detail or decoration.
      ‘I hate fussy clothes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once he began to waltz with Katie, these clothes seemed fussy, embarrassingly showy.’
      • ‘The low-backed sofa, scattered with plain white and fuzzy-upholstered cushions, is warm and welcoming without being fussy, elaborate, or ornate.’
      • ‘In complete contrast to the UK, the multicourse gastronomic menu is on the retreat in Paris, and is being replaced by a new emphasis on less fussy, less expensive food.’
      • ‘On the other hand, there are good signs in terms of design becoming less fussy: Flash is less prevalent as a design tool and advertising is still pretty manageable.’
      • ‘The Gustavian style - a reaction against fussy rococo interiors - originated in 1770s Sweden and is still popular.’
      • ‘Old-fashioned fussy and ornate hearths, by contrast, are out.’
      • ‘No more fussy garnishes and elaborate sauces for me, it's simple combinations that count.’
      • ‘The arrangements are intricate without being fussy or complicated for the sake of it.’
      • ‘In the stuffy room, its walls lined with fussy little ornaments, but no photos of family or friends, I nestled into my brother and promptly fell asleep as only a child can do.’
      • ‘He doesn't believe in posh sauces and fussy recipes - if the meat is good, it won't be dry.’
      • ‘Don't go nuts with fussy extras and garish details.’
      • ‘The stage is constantly alive with the details of everyday life, but nothing looks fussy or threatens to interfere with the personalities who dominate the action.’
      • ‘The effect, in the end, is a little fussy, everything too pretty and tight.’
      over-elaborate, over-embellished, overdecorated, over-ornate, overdone, overworked, busy, cluttered, laboured, strained, florid
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    not be fussy
    • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Susanne isn't fussy about where she finds things, or ideas.’
      • ‘I let Ann have a sip, she disliked it immediately also, so we gave the resident vegan the unopened can, I understand they're not fussy, so long as its 100% natural.’
      • ‘You're not fussy - any food will do at this stage, because you've pre-defined your need - hunger - without qualifying it.’
      • ‘The latter option is not recommended however, unless you're not fussy.’
      • ‘I'm single, I'm not fussy and if you can get past the queues to the Bridge next term you might see me on the dance floor or at the bar!’
      • ‘I do have a weak spot for takeaway but I'm not fussy.’
      • ‘Sharks and snappers are not fussy; they like sashimi even without wasabi sauce.’