Definition of fastidious in US English:

fastidious

adjective

  • 1Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.

    ‘he chooses his words with fastidious care’
    • ‘He plays it deadpan, with impeccable style and fastidious attention to detail, but of course that only enhances the absurdity.’
    • ‘They want you to do everything to them, but then are too fastidious to name it.’
    • ‘His playing is not only passionately alluring but also remarkably fastidious to the slightest detail in the scores.’
    • ‘Why be so fastidious in dealing with the likes of Norman?’
    • ‘A first-year student at Williams may well become frustrated with such fastidious nit-picking.’
    • ‘The central characters are fastidious, scrupulous and articulate.’
    • ‘He made relatively few films and gained the reputation of being a fastidious and sometimes ruthless perfectionist.’
    • ‘For the fastidious reader interested in precise historical accuracy, these flaws are very substantial.’
    • ‘He's a detail man, obsessively fastidious to the point that he still handles the steady-cam himself, to get those shots just right.’
    • ‘Aside from this fastidious attention to detail, the designer's work has few distinguishing features.’
    • ‘In retrospect, I wish I had been more fastidious.’
    • ‘Why does a conductor so fastidious and precise with an orchestra always seem so blithely undisturbed by such unidiomatic, out-of-tune singing?’
    • ‘In its overall design and fastidious attention to detail, the table reflects the concept of presenting a useful, industrially produced object that is a work of art.’
    • ‘This Prime Minister, who is so fastidious about all matters, says that she was happy to leave the judgment on this issue up to her electorate office staff.’
    • ‘He is eloquent at description, fastidious about mythic details, but reticent about his personal life.’
    • ‘He had to carefully attend to each customer's fastidious demands.’
    • ‘I was struck by the fastidious care with which the parties divided up the cost of the vacations they took together; sometimes calculations were made to the penny.’
    • ‘The owner of our company is pretty fastidious in choosing products that are naturally and environmentally sound.’
    • ‘His appearance strikes me as unusual for a middle-aged man - overly fastidious and somehow too calculated.’
    • ‘I've looked for holes in the armor but Donaldson's too fastidious.’
    scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, meticulous, assiduous, sedulous, perfectionist, fussy, finicky, dainty, over-particular
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    1. 1.1 Very concerned about matters of cleanliness.
      ‘the child seemed fastidious about getting her fingers sticky or dirty’
      • ‘He always loves to have everything very chic and polished and fastidious.’
      • ‘One or two buckets will do for a clean bath for even the most fastidious person.’
      • ‘When I started cleaning carpets, I realized early that my standards of cleaning weren't up to the level of some of the highly fastidious clients I was attracting.’
      • ‘It does not matter how fastidious one is, how thoroughly and often one washes one's hands or even how many vitamins one takes, one is still likely to get sick from long-haul air travel.’
      • ‘Paul was fastidious when it came to cleanliness.’
      • ‘The food may be healthy, but the conditions under which it's made are far from the standards demanded by fastidious Westerners.’
      • ‘The mouse genome, it seems, is more fastidious with its housecleaning than the human.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin fastidiosus, from fastidium ‘loathing’. The word originally meant ‘disagreeable’, later ‘disgusted’. Current senses date from the 17th century.

Pronunciation

fastidious

/fæˈstɪdiəs//faˈstidēəs/