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

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 After all, outdoorsy people are notoriously difficult to shop for (speaking from personal experience), but this list is full of picks that even the choosiest giftee will love. Alice Bennett, Travel + Leisure, 16 Dec. 2023 But with limited budgets and already-bloated tech stacks, decision makers are becoming progressively choosy when evaluating new investments or which ones to rationalize. Toby Carrington, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 But as consumers prove increasingly choosy, that is changing. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The unique flavors are enough to impress even the choosiest casserole connoisseur. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 23 Oct. 2023 These were once common elements of most people’s diets; until relatively recently in human history, our ancestors could not afford to be so choosy. Ligaya Mishan Esther Choi, New York Times, 8 May 2023 With thousands of already-existing emoji and limited spots available, the group must be very choosy with its new additions, Daniel said. Bycameron Chertavian, ABC News, 27 Dec. 2022 Now, with Colorado River reservoirs parched from two decades of unrelenting drought, the region has little room to be so choosy. Brandon Loomis,, 14 Dec. 2022 Landing in a daylit part of the world would have clearly been preferable, but back in the Apollo era, returning lunar astronauts could not be so choosy. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 8 Dec. 2022

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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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“Choosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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

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