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Definition of fuss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fuss

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fʌs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʌs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fuss
    BrE BrE//fʌs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʌs//
     
    he / she / it fusses
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌsɪz//
     
    past simple fussed
    BrE BrE//fʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʌst//
     
    past participle fussed
    BrE BrE//fʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fʌst//
     
    -ing form fussing
    BrE BrE//ˈfʌsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to do things, or pay too much attention to things, that are not important or necessary fuss (around) Stop fussing around and find something useful to do! While the others fussed and worried and dashed around, Mary sat quietly reading. fuss (with/over something) Don't fuss with your hair!
  2. 2[intransitive] fuss (about something) to worry about things that are not very important Don't fuss, Mum, everything is all right. Paula’s always fussing about her figure.
  3. Word Origin early 18th cent.: perhaps Anglo-Irish.Idioms
    not be fussed (about something)
     
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    (British English, informal) to not mind about something; to not have feelings about something synonym not be bothered It'd be good to be there, but I'm not that fussed.
    Phrasal Verbsfuss over somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fuss