- excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater.
- requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.
Origin of fastidious
Examples from the Web for fastidious
Very rarely, though, that fastidious and precise pulse deteriorates into a disorganized scramble.Heart Attack 101: What May Have Killed James Gandolfini
June 20, 2013
Jeffries is apparently a frequent flyer as well as a fastidious and exacting one.‘Abercrombie’ Lawsuit: Why CEOs Love Their Jets
October 19, 2012
But I can attest first hand: one lapse aside, Fareed is just such a fastidious writer.A False Charge Against Fareed Zakaria (UPDATED)
August 14, 2012
What would he, so fastidious as he was, think of that poster?The Bacillus of Beauty
The squirrel is provident, but no more so than he is fastidious in the choice of his food.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
However, she was as fastidious about what she did for herself as about what was done for her.Southern Lights and Shadows
You can afford, you see, to keep a fine taste, and fastidious feelings!The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
And yet the picture before him could have scarcely been unpleasing to the most fastidious eye.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- very critical; hard to please
- excessively particular about details
- exceedingly delicate; easily disgusted
Word Origin and History for fastidious
mid-15c., "full of pride," from Latin fastidiosus "disdainful, squeamish, exacting," from fastidium "loathing, squeamishness," most likely from *fastu-taidiom, a compound of fastus "contempt, arrogance" and taedium "aversion, disgust." Early use in English was both in passive and active senses. Meaning "squeamish, over-nice" emerged in English 1610s. Related: Fastidiously; fastidiousness.
- Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
- Difficult to please; exacting.
- Having complex nutritional requirements. Used of microorganisms.