\ ˈchü-zē How to pronounce choosy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly choosey
choosier; choosiest

Definition of choosy

: fastidiously selective : particular choosy shoppers

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Examples of choosy in a Sentence

You can't be too choosy if you want a job right away. We could afford to be as choosy as we wanted to be.
Recent Examples on the Web In slow real-estate markets (when buyers can afford to be choosier), that premium rose to as high as 14%. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Selling Your Home? It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts.," 23 Jan. 2020 In a weakening global environment, investors are getting choosier about where their marginal dollars go. Washington Post, "A Stronger China Won’t Lift Emerging Markets," 2 Apr. 2019 Many students still see employment in tech as a ticket to prosperity, but for job seekers who can afford to be choosy, there is a growing sentiment that Silicon Valley’s most lucrative positions aren’t worth the ethical quandaries. New York Times, "‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses," 11 Jan. 2020 The other jobs have their pluses, but having a say in who runs the football side would be attractive to McDaniels, who’s been very choosy about his second head-coaching job. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Josh McDaniels loved Baker Mayfield predraft; wouldn’t take Browns job if John Dorsey were GM, sources say," 2 Jan. 2020 On top of that, potential workers can now be choosy and opt for a year-round job with benefits. Washington Post, "Snow jobs: In tight labor market, ski areas up the ante," 26 Oct. 2019 More likely though, women's football is a far less lucrative career than the men's game, so players cannot always afford to be choosy about their next destination., "Seven Female Footballers Who Risked Fan Anger by Moving to Rival Clubs," 2 Nov. 2019 Viewers, especially cord-cutters seeking to escape hefty cable and satellite TV bills, likely will be choosy. Lynn Elber, Twin Cities, "Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars, has Oprah but no catalog," 31 Oct. 2019 Viewers, especially cord-cutters seeking to escape hefty cable and satellite TV bills, likely will be choosy. Washington Post, "Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars, has Oprah but no catalog," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of choosy

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of choosy was in 1862

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13 Feb 2020

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“Choosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of choosy

: very careful in choosing : liking only certain things


\ ˈchü-zē How to pronounce choosy (audio) \
choosier; choosiest

Kids Definition of choosy

: careful in making choices a choosy shopper

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