[ choo-zee ]
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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.

Origin of choosy

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; choose + -y1

Other words from choosy

  • choos·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby choosy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use choosy in a sentence

  • His appetite is more picky-and-choosy than it used to be; and by these signs I can tell something is on his mind a-preying.

    J. Poindexter, Colored | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • However, the girls were choosy and not all soldiers were welcomed.

    The Pinos Altos Story | Dorothy Watson
  • Domestic firms face much less competition, on the one hand, and less choosy clients, on the other hand.

    After the Rain | Sam Vaknin
  • 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
  • The effect was rather rough-dried, but we were not in a position to be choosy.

British Dictionary definitions for choosy


/ (ˈtʃuːzɪ) /

adjectivechoosier or choosiest
  1. informal particular in making a choice; difficult to please

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