fastidious

If you want to describe a person who insists on perfection or pays much attention to food, clothing and cleanliness, the right word is fastidious.

Fastidious is a funny-sounding adjective from the Latin fastidium "loathing" that has several equally strange-sounding synonyms — persnickety, fussbudgety, finicky and punctilious. Fussy and hard to please will also do the trick. Fastidious is occasionally used as a compliment to describe someone whose attention to detail gives them good organizing abilities, but it is usually used as a disapproving term.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: fastidious

1
adj
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
2
adj
having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: fastidious
1

adj giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness

“a fastidious and incisive intellect”
fastidious about personal cleanliness”
Synonyms
choosey, choosy
difficult to please
dainty, nice, overnice, prissy, squeamish
excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
finical, finicky, fussy, particular, picky
exacting especially about details
meticulous
marked by extreme care in treatment of details
pernickety, persnickety
characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details
old-maidish, old-womanish
primly fastidious
refined
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
Antonyms:
unfastidious
marked by an absence of due or proper care or attention to detail; not concerned with cleanliness
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
untidy
not neat and tidy
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2

adj having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures

fastidious microorganisms”
Synonyms:
exacting
Antonyms:
unfastidious
not exacting in nutritional requirements
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