\ ˈchü-zē \
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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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 And koalas are fanatically choosy about their leafy greens, favoring the ones high in nutrition and water content and pausing to bury their adorable Yoda-like faces in the leaves for a big sniff before nibbling. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "Koala genome shows how the adorable marsupial lives on eucalyptus leaves," 2 July 2018 That said, a team like the Heat (or basically any team other than the Warriors) can't be choosy. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do the Heat need a pass-first presence to maximize their roster?," 6 June 2018 Figo managed to capture the fancy of the very-choosy local buyer, and was even successful in snatching market-share from the highly competitive Maruti (the local subsidiary of Japan’s Suzuki) and Hyundai, the country’s top two makers. Pankaj Radhe, USA TODAY, "Yet to turn a profit, Ford won't give up on India," 8 Apr. 2018 Bentham does not require lawyers who lose cases to repay the money, so the firm is choosy about which cases it funds, said Chenoweth, a long-time Houston lawyer who uses his knowledge of judges, courts and lawyers to evaluate lawsuit risk. L.m. Sixel, San Antonio Express-News, "Private equity funds deploy new investment strategy: financing lawsuits," 29 May 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 \
choosier; choosiest

Kids Definition of choosy

: careful in making choices a choosy shopper

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