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adjective, choos·i·er, choos·i·est.
  1. hard to please, particular; fastidious, especially in making a selection: She's too choosy about food.
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Origin of choosy

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; choose + -y1
Related formschoos·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Possibly she was so choosy in order to heighten her importance.

    Greener Than You Think

    Ward Moore

  • 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 or choosiest
  1. informal particular in making a choice; difficult to please
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Word Origin and History for choosy


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

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