\ 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.

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All that can be said for sure is that the gods inhabiting the Sacred Cenote were not choosy. The Economist, "Who did the Maya sacrifice?," 1 Aug. 2019 Those invited to attend the choosy campus carried an average, unweighted grade-point-average of 3.92 on a scale of 4, with an average SAT score of 1427 out of a possible 1600. Nanette Asimov,, "Acceptance rate at UC schools up over last year — to 62%," 22 July 2019 Investors have become choosier about their portfolios, increasingly flocking to companies that align with their values related to the environment or social issues. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Which Are the Most Ethical Companies? Good Luck Figuring That Out," 24 June 2019 But investors are getting choosier about where to put their money. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018 This helped offset declines in the U.S. where Burberry is becoming choosier about which retailers sell its products. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Burberry Starts to Justify Investors’ Faith," 8 Nov. 2018 The French beauty brand Chantecaille also has a Bébé line, complete with a Flower Petal Hair & Body Wash for choosy tots. Kari Molvar, WSJ, "Is A $48 Face Cream for Babies Worth It?," 23 Aug. 2018 Buyers are more choosy, while some sellers are sitting on the sidelines hoping for an overall improvement in prices. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Greater Hartford Home Sales Slow, Prices Dip in May," 20 June 2018 Chequeado, which has more than tripled its budget since 2013 to $770,000, is choosy about advertisers but takes money from foreign NGOs and governments. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018

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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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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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