What does Fussbudget mean?

Fussbudget is a mocking slang expression, used to refer to people who wake up every day, thinking I Think I Will Cause Problems on Purpose.

The people described by the term are always fussy, complaining and dissatisfied with what they have, and constantly nagging about fears and insecurities.


What's the origin of Fussbudget?

Although the exact origin of the expression is not known, one of the earliest cases of it appearing in print can be linked to a speaking name, from the 1884 The Sunday School World.

Over the next couple of years, “Fussbudget” appeared in countless publications, novels and other printed media, growing its popularity well into the 20th century.

Spread & Usage

How did Fussbudget spread?

“Fussbudget” became a viral expression of the 1900’s, peaking during World War 2 in the ‘40’s, however, following that, its popularity started to decline.

It started taking off anew in the 1960’s, with more and more cases for it appearing, becoming a revived colloquialism by the 1980’s.

It was first defined on Urban Dictionary on October 26th, 2006, with numerous other entries following in the subsequent years.

However, in the 2010’s, “Fussbudget” started to go out of fashion once more and only the future can tell us if it will be brought back to popularity by some way or another.


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