An example of fastidious is a guest looking for dust on surfaces in another's home.
- not easy to please; overly exacting or discriminating
- refined in a dainty or oversensitive way
Origin of fastidiousMiddle English ; from Classical Latin fastidiosus ; from fastidium, a loathing, disgust ; from fastus, disdain, contempt, pride (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form bhars-, projection, point, bristle) + taedium: see tedium
- Showing or acting with careful attention to detail: a fastidious scholar; fastidious research.
- Difficult to please; exacting: “The club is also becoming far more fastidious about what constitutes a breed standard” (Janet Burroway).
- Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, as in taste, propriety, or neatness: “He was a fastidious man who hated to dirty his hands, in particular with food” (Michael Chabon). See Synonyms at meticulous.
- Microbiology Having complex nutritional requirements.
Origin of fastidiousMiddle English, squeamish, particular, haughty, from Old French fastidieux, from Latin fast&imacron;di&omacron;sus, from fast&imacron;dium, squeamishness, haughtiness, probably from fastus, disdain.
(comparative more fastidious, superlative most fastidious)
From Latin fastidiosus (“passive: that feels disgust, disdainful, scornful, fastidious; active: that causes disgust, disgusting, loathsome”), from fastidium (“a loathing, aversion, disgust, niceness of taste, daintiness, etc.”), perhaps for *fastutidium, from fastus (“disdain, haughtiness, arrogance, disgust”) + taedium (“disgust”). Confer French fastidieux.