from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Excessively meticulous; fussy.

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  • adj. Fussy; particular; demanding to have things just right.
  • n. A picture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exacting especially about details


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  • The part that's the most picky is the roasting and peeling of the chiles and the walnuts, but it's worth the trouble!

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  • E, on the other hand, as the previous anecdote hints, is not such a great eater we don’t use the word picky only because we don’t believe in it.

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  • I could be called picky, but when I spend a lot of money on an appliance, I expect it to work for a long time ... like maybe a week or two before the ice maker goes kablooey, or the washer stops going through the spin cycle, or a cup put in the wrong place on the upper dishwasher rack makes the upper washer arm work under noisy protest.

    When Appliances Attack or Why I Kicked the Dishwasher

  • -- We all have foods we dislike, and some of us might be termed picky eaters, but when we have to deal with a youngster who refuses to eat the food we prepare -- the experience can be frustrating, acknowledges an expert in Penn State's College of

    Penn State Live

  • If you don't know my husband I should mention here that he's what you'd probably call a picky eater.

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  • While one of our Golden's will eat anything, the other is extraordinarily picky, that is unless I drop a little

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  • Oh! Last night I was labelled a picky eater by someone outside the family which I thought was just rude as shit.

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  • I've been looking for an alternative to mine for a while now, but I guess that I'm too "picky" or something.

    The New Seafood Chowder: Thai Green Curried Seafood "Chowder"

  • Of course when both parents are working outside of the home, the usual complaint is that there is no time to prepare healthy meals, our children are 'picky' and don't want to eat veggies, and it costs too much to eat healthy anyway.

    Andrea Pennington, M.D.: Childhood Obesity and Diabetes: My Personal Mission

  • And, of course, there was the "picky" customer who sent back cupcakes she'd purchased for her daughter's 16th birthday party, leaving the sisters scrambling to redo them -- though, if we'd been the show's plot-summary writer, we would gone with: "Sisters shove picky customer into their industrial oven, turn the heat to 200 degrees, lock the front door and head over to the Ritz-Carlton for a drink."

    'D.C. Cupcakes' will get second season; only Ryan Seacrest certain on 'Idol'


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