\ 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 Still, with few roster spots available, little money to spend and plenty invested in the young backcourt, the Cavs have to be choosy. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Do Cleveland Cavaliers regret not drafting Michael Porter Jr. in 2018? Hey, Chris!," 12 Sep. 2020 Researchers surmise that the dinosaur was a choosy eater and that forest fires might have played an important role in its lifestyle. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Mummified ankylosaur offers a rare glimpse of a dinosaur’s last meal," 3 June 2020 LIBRE Initiative, opposed to much of Trump's immigration agenda, has been more choosy with its endorsements in recent years. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Koch brothers Hispanic advocacy arm endorses Republicans in key Senate races," 19 May 2020 With so many companies in need of cash, deep-pocketed investors can be choosy. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Some Big Investors Smell Profit in Virus-Plagued Companies," 3 Apr. 2020 And be choosy; only save things that really deserve it. Gretchen Rubin, NBC News, "17 questions to ask yourself as you declutter your closet," 5 Mar. 2019 And the credit card companies that buy frequent flier points in bulk to offer to their cardholders might be choosier on which consumers receive offers. Mike Arnot, New York Times, "You’re Not Flying, but You Can Still Think About Frequent Flier Miles," 14 Apr. 2020 Reigning champion coach John Legend has been very choosy with his turns this season, and one artist on Tuesday actually impressed him to the point of whipping out his own voice as a selling point. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Billboard, "'The Voice' Recap: Coaches Teams Are Brimming As Battle Round Looms," 9 Oct. 2019 Stop & Shop last year aimed for increasingly choosy shoppers with a redesign of store interiors and an emphasis on produce, specialty items and online sales. Stephen Singer,, "Stop & Shop parent company: Impact of April strike still stings as some customers who drifted to competitors stayed away," 6 Nov. 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Choosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 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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