high-maintenance

adjective high-main·te·nance \ ˈhī-ˈmānt-nən(t)s , -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


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