Fuss vs Hassle - What's the difference?

fuss | hassle |

As an adjective fuss

is willing.

As a noun hassle is

trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems.

As a verb hassle is

to trouble, to bother, to annoy.




  • Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something.
  • * (Thomas Carlyle) (1795-1881)
  • zealously, assiduously, and with a minimum of fuss or noise
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  • # A complaint or noise.
  • # An exhibition of affection or admiration.
  • One who is unduly anxious about trifles.
  • * (1837-1920)
  • I am a fuss and I don't deny it.


  • To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
  • His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  • To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust; to worry something
  • Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
  • (especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
  • Usage notes

    * Generally used with with, over, or about.


  • To show affection for, especially animals.
  • To pet.
  • He fussed the cat.

    Derived terms

    * fussy * fuss and bother * no muss no fuss





    (en noun)
  • Trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems.
  • I went through a lot of hassle to be the first to get a ticket.
  • A fight or argument.
  • An action which is not worth the difficulty involved.
  • Verb

  • To trouble, to bother, to annoy.
  • The unlucky boy was hassled by a gang of troublemakers on his way home.
  • To pick a fight or start an argument.
  • Anagrams

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