Word of the Day: fastidious

fas·tid·i·ous adjective \fa-ˈsti-dē-əs, fə-\: very careful about how you do something: liking few things : hard to please: wanting to always be clean, neat, etc.

 1. archaic:  scornful. 2 a:  having high and often capricious standards :  difficult to please <critics … so fastidious that they can talk only to a small circle of initiates  — Granville Hicks>. b:  showing or demanding excessive delicacy or care.

c:  reflecting a meticulous, sensitive, or demanding attitude <fastidious workmanship>. 3:  having complex nutritional requirements <fastidious microorganisms>.

fas·tid·i·ous·ly adverb

fas·tid·i·ous·ness noun


choosy (or choosey), dainty, delicate, demanding, exacting, finicky, finical, finicking, fussbudgety, fussy, nice, old-maidish, particular, pernickety [chiefly British], persnickety, picky

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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2 thoughts on “Word of the Day: fastidious”

  1. I love this one too. My son learned it in 4th grade and now it always makes me think of him. The teacher used my son as an example when using it in a sentence. He’s a little bit of a neat freak 🙂

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