fuss vs squabble what difference

what is difference between fuss and squabble

English

Etymology

Of unknown origin. Perhaps from Danish fjas (nonsense), from Middle Low German (compare German faseln (to maunder, talk nonsense))

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʌs/
  • Rhymes: -ʌs

Noun

fuss (countable and uncountable, plural fusses)

  1. (countable or uncountable) Excessive activity, worry, bother, or talk about something.
    • 1882, Thomas Carlyle, Reminiscences
  2. A complaint or noise; a scene.
  3. An exhibition of affection or admiration.

Translations

Verb

fuss (third-person singular simple present fusses, present participle fussing, simple past and past participle fussed)

  1. (intransitive) To be very worried or excited about something, often too much.
    His grandmother will never quit fussing over his vegetarianism.
  2. (intransitive) To fiddle; fidget; wiggle, or adjust
    Quit fussing with your hair. It looks fine.
  3. (intransitive, especially of babies) To cry or be ill-humoured.
  4. (intransitive, with over) To show affection for, especially animals.
  5. (transitive) To pet.
    He fussed the cat.

Usage notes

  • Generally used with with, over, or about.

Translations

Derived terms

  • fussbudget
  • fussbutton
  • fusspot
  • fussy
  • fuss and bother
  • no muss no fuss

References

Anagrams

  • USSF

Hungarian

Alternative forms

  • fussál

Etymology

fut (to run) +‎ -j (personal suffix)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfuʃː]
  • Hyphenation: fuss
  • Rhymes: -uʃː

Verb

fuss

  1. second-person singular subjunctive present indefinite of fut


English

Etymology

1600s, probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dialectal skvabbel (a dispute, quarrel, gossip), Norwegian dialectal skvabba (to prattle), German dialectal schwabbeln (to babble, prattle), Swedish dialectal skvappa (to chide, scold, literally make a splash).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈskwɒbl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈskwɑːbl/
  • Rhymes: -ɒbəl

Noun

squabble (plural squabbles)

  1. A minor fight or argument.
    The children got into a squabble about who should ride in the front of the car.

Derived terms

  • squabbly

Translations

Verb

squabble (third-person singular simple present squabbles, present participle squabbling, simple past and past participle squabbled)

  1. (intransitive) To participate in a minor fight or argument; to quarrel.
    The brothers were always squabbling with each other.
    • I. Watts
      The sense of these propositions is very plain, though logicians might squabble a whole day whether they should rank them under negative or affirmative.
  2. (transitive, printing) To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry and require readjustment.
    to squabble type

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:squabble

Derived terms

  • squabbler

Translations


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