From Latin fastīdiōsus (“passive: that feels disgust, disdainful, scornful, fastidious; active: that causes disgust, disgusting, loathsome”), from fastīdium (“a loathing, aversion, disgust, niceness of taste, daintiness, etc.”), perhaps for *fastutidium, from fastus (“disdain, haughtiness, arrogance, disgust”) + taedium (“disgust”). Cf. French fastidieux.
- Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness.
- 2003, Lynsay Sands, Single White Vampire:
- He had at first tried to clean up as they ate, his fastidious nature kicking in, but Chris had told him to just stop, he was blocking the TV.
- 2004, Maria Osborne Perr, Ravished Wings:
- As she cleaned the room daily, she knew it was against his fastidious nature to bring or have food in his room.
- 2008, Robert Fisher, Memory Road:
- His fastidious nature had been evident in his careful snipping of a customer's hair and now he guided his pencil with the same adroitness.
- Overly concerned about tidiness and cleanliness.
- 2010, Debra Lee Baldwin, Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care ...:
- "If you are fastidious, clean previously used pots inside and out; if not, merely clean the outside (unless you are battling a pest infestation; then the inside will need scrubbing as well)."
- Difficult to please; quick to find fault.