high-main·​te·​nance | \ ˈhī-ˈmānt-nən(t)s How to pronounce high-maintenance (audio) , -ˈmān-tə-nən(t)s \

Definition of high-maintenance

1 : requiring a large amount of care or maintenance The high-maintenance "Dracula" orchid constantly needs high levels of humidity and cooler temperatures.— Victoria Colliver They can't even afford the high-maintenance hairdos, let alone the Adidas sweats.— Gerri Hirshey
2 of a person : tending to cause problems or demand attention : extremely sensitive, demanding, or temperamental Playing the victim gets you absolutely nowhere, and it only makes you seem tiring and high-maintenance to your boss.Cosmopolitan Matthäus is the greatest German sweeper since Beckenbauer, but he's high-maintenance. At various times in his career, he has accused a ref of taking bribes, scrapped with a teammate and, three years ago, ripped his universally beloved German teammate Jürgen Klinsmann in a tell-all book.— Jeff Bradley

First Known Use of high-maintenance

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High-maintenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-maintenance. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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