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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
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; choose + -y1
Related forms
choosiness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Possibly she was so choosy in order to heighten her importance.

  • However, the girls were choosy and not all soldiers were welcomed.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • The effect was rather rough-dried, but we were not in a position to be choosy.

  • And as long as they performed their duties, I couldn't be choosy on an old ship like this.

    Let'em Breathe Space Lester del Rey
  • Still and all, after you been warmin' the extra bench for a month one can't be choosy.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for choosy


adjective choosier, choosiest
(informal) particular in making a choice; difficult to please
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for choosy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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