Fuss vs Puss - What's the difference?

fuss | puss |

As an adjective fuss

is willing.

As a noun puss is

(informal) a cat or puss can be (slang) the mouth.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • 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




    Etymology 1

    From a Common (etyl) word for cat. Akin to (etyl) , West Frisian (m), (etyl) (m), (m), Danish (m), dialectal (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m). Found also in several other European and Western Asian languages. Compare (etyl) (m).


  • (informal) A cat.
  • Our local theatre is showing Puss in Boots.
  • A girl or young woman.
  • (dated, hunting) A hare.
  • (vulgar, slang) Vulva (female genitalia).
  • Synonyms
    * (cat) moggie/moggy

    Etymology 2

    Of (etyl) origin, from or akin to (etyl) .


  • (slang) The mouth.
  • She gave him a slap in the puss .
    * (mouth) cakehole, gob, mush, trap


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