Origin of meticulous
Examples from the Web for meticulous
Rick suggests a Woodbury-esque sneak attack on the hospital and lays out a meticulous strategy relying heavily on timing and luck.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale|Melissa Leon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a line of business built on meticulous order, the inner workings of Spinal Solutions were a study in disorder.
Without overshadowing his talented counterparts, Cedar commands the stage with a meticulous mix of stoicism and candor.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It took a special, meticulous kind of person to accomplish the undertaking, someone with brains, patience, and nerves of steel.
He admitted responsibility without hesitation, and in meticulous, grisly detail.
One by one, with meticulous nicety, he painted all his finger nails a bright and cheery yellow.Half Portions|Edna Ferber
He enamelled his theme with the meticulous care of a jeweller.Legends & Romances of Spain|Lewis Spence
Dr. Libbard took out his fountain-pen, and in his neat, meticulous calligraphy wrote out a prescription for a sleeping draught.Mortal Coils|Aldous Huxley
It is impossible to give you an idea of such a meticulous neatness.Falk|Joseph Conrad
Csar alone would listen without being impatient to the meticulous narratives Ignacio told about the things that happened at home.Csar or Nothing|Po Baroja Baroja
Word Origin for meticulous
1530s, "fearful, timid," from Latin meticulosus "fearful, timid," literally "full of fear," from metus "fear, dread, apprehension, anxiety," of unknown origin. Sense of "fussy about details" is first recorded in English 1827, from French méticuleux "timorously fussy." Related: Meticulosity.