Definitions for meticulousməˈtɪk yə ləs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

me•tic•u•lous*məˈtɪk yə ləs(adj.)

  1. taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough.

  2. finicky; fussy.

* Syn: See painstaking.

Origin of meticulous:

1525–35; < L metīculōsus full of fear, fearful =metī- for metū- (s. of metus fear) +-culōsus, extracted from perīculōsusperilous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. meticulous, punctilious(adj)

    marked by precise accordance with details

    "meticulous research"; "punctilious in his attention to rules of etiquette"

  2. meticulous(adj)

    marked by extreme care in treatment of details

    "a meticulous craftsman"; "almost worryingly meticulous in his business formalities"


  1. meticulous(Adjective)

    Timid, fearful, overly cautious.

  2. meticulous(Adjective)

    Characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details.

  3. Origin: From meticulosus, from metus and -culosus, extracted from periculosus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meticulous(adj)

    timid; fearful

Translations for meticulous

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very careful, almost too careful (about small details)

He paid meticulous attention to detail.

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