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choosy

[choo-zee] /ˈtʃu zi/
adjective, choosier, choosiest.
1.
hard to please, particular; fastidious, especially in making a selection:
She's too choosy about food.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; choose + -y1
Related forms
choosiness, noun
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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

choosy

/ˈtʃuːzɪ/
adjective choosier, choosiest
1.
(informal) particular in making a choice; difficult to please
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Word Origin and History for choosy
adj.

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

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