variants or less commonly choosey
choosier; choosiest
: fastidiously selective : particular
choosy shoppers

Example Sentences

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 At this point in his career, Tretter doesn’t have to play, and can be choosy about a return. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2022 Employers across industries stampeded to hire en masse when the economy reopened, putting workers in the driver’s seat at a moment when federal stimulus packages had padded their budgets, enabling them to be more choosy. Erica Grieder, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Sep. 2022 On the other hand, experts say the jobs filled the fastest are meeting the demands of more choosy workers. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Jan. 2022 Specialty retailers, on the other hand, will live and die on a more curated approach—and vendors who are choosy about their distributors will reap benefits, too. Outside Online, 8 Dec. 2017 However unconventional this team might have been, the Navy didn’t have the time to be choosy. Catherine Musemeche, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 Because new graduates can afford to be choosy, some are taking their time to lock in a new job, recruiters say. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 7 May 2022 To be blunt, the fashion revolution can’t afford to be choosy about who is deserving of participation. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Before the show, Glass confided that Wonder’s lawyer told her the artist is choosy regarding licensing his music for projects, and has never approved the use of this much of his music for one project. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of choosy was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Choosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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variants or choosey
choosier; choosiest
: very careful in choosing : particular
choosy shoppers

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