[ hahy-meyn-tuh-nuhns ]

  1. needing frequent or major maintenance or repair: Imported sports cars are high-maintenance.

  2. Informal. (of a person) demanding a great deal of attention, money, or effort: His high-maintenance girlfriend refuses to get engaged without a big diamond ring.

Origin of high-maintenance

First recorded in 1915–20 for def. 1; 1980–85 for def. 2; high + maintenance

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British Dictionary definitions for high-maintenance


  1. (of a piece of equipment, motor vehicle, etc) requiring regular maintenance to keep it in working order

  2. informal (of a person) requiring a high level of care and attention; demanding

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