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[choo-zee] /ˈtʃu zi/
adjective, choosier, choosiest.
hard to please, particular; fastidious, especially in making a selection:
She's too choosy about food.
Origin of choosy
1860-65, Americanism; choose + -y1
Related forms
choosiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for choosy
  • Although termites have a reputation for being indiscriminate eaters, they can in fact be quite choosy.
  • Some larger predators have also been shown to be choosy about what they eat.
  • It's choosy: not happy to see us in crowds, sickened by our struggle for any old advantage and the drone of business dealings.
  • Read the menu carefully and be choosy about what you order.
  • Gottlieb includes herself among those who have made the error of being too choosy.
  • In the dark abyss of the ocean, animals cannot afford to be choosy.
  • Heat would not be choosy that way about the molecules it cracks.
  • But even among this single group, there is great diversity and until now, it was mostly credited to choosy females.
  • So it can pay for them to be choosy about which males they mate with.
  • And in hunter gatherer groups potential mates were not so plentiful that you could afford to be too choosy.
British Dictionary definitions for choosy


adjective choosier, choosiest
(informal) particular in making a choice; difficult to please
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Word Origin and History for choosy

1862, American English, from choose + -y (2). Also sometimes choosey. Related: Choosiness.

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