fussy

If you’re fussy, you’re all about the little details. You want the dressing on the side, you want your collar just so, and you want the place mats arranged at a 90-degree angle.

The word fussy came into English in the 19th century, but it’s a good bet that people have been fussy since the beginning of time. If you’re fussy, you’re really picky about your needs and requirements. You might be fussy about your food and refuse to eat cauliflower. You’re rarely satisfied — that can be annoying! Fussy can also describe something that has too much going on, like a fussy shirt that has ruffles, buttons, and a large floral pattern.

Primary Meanings of fussy

1.
adj
exacting especially about details
2.
adj
annoyed and irritable
3.
adj
overcrowded or cluttered with detail
Full Definitions of fussy
1

adj exacting especially about details

fussy about clothes”
Synonyms:
finical, finicky, particular, picky
fastidious
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
2

adj annoyed and irritable

Synonyms:
bad-tempered, crabbed, crabby, cross, grouchy, grumpy, ill-tempered
ill-natured
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
3

adj overcrowded or cluttered with detail

“a fussy design”
Synonyms:
busy
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented

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