- 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 fastidiously
He made me stand and wait as he fastidiously counted his English coins into the palm of my hand, which I found a bit humiliating.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
March 6, 2014
Instead he fastidiously organizes and fleshes out the fantastical worlds of his own making.Why Billy Collins Is America’s Most Popular Poet
October 22, 2013
In those remarks, he said the vast majority of his requests for security resources were “considered seriously and fastidiously.”Benghazi’s Intensifying Blame Game
October 10, 2012
And now the latest character in the saga is Choupette, a 9-month-old Siamese kitten upon whom he fastidiously dotes.7 Facts to Know About Karl Lagerfeld’s Siamese Cat, Choupette
June 7, 2012
Want the fastidiously coiffed and scripted candidate to show a little more humanity?Mitt Romney Is Human! But Media Thinks He Shouldn’t Act Like It
April 1, 2012
There are great emergencies in which we do not fastidiously choose our words.A Handful of Stars
Frank W. Boreham
“It will indeed, for they must be very nicely done,” said Peggy fastidiously.About Peggy Saville
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
The Samoan had always been fastidiously cautious in guarding cash.A Son Of The Sun
Fastidious as he was in all things, he was fastidiously deferential.The Translation of a Savage, Complete
Still he must not be fastidiously critical about his friend.Wyndham's Pal
- very critical; hard to please
- excessively particular about details
- exceedingly delicate; easily disgusted
Word Origin and History for fastidiously
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.