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"Fussy" is an adjective which is often translated as "quisquilloso", and "picky" is an adjective which is often translated as "exigente". Learn more about the difference between "fussy" and "picky" below.
fussy(
fuh
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si
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (hard to satisfy)
a. quisquilloso
She was so fussy that there wasn't a single restaurant in town that suited her tastes.Era tan quisquillosa que no había ni un solo restaurante en la ciudad que se adecuara a sus gustos.
b. exigente
My boss is going to drive me crazy. He's very fussy over every minute detail of the project.Mi jefe me va a volver loco. Es muy exigente con cada detalle mínimo del proyecto.
c. tiquismiquis (with food)
My children are fussy eaters, so it's always difficult to please them.Mis hijos son tiquismiquis con la comida, por lo que siempre es difícil complacerlos.
2. (elaborate)
a. recargado
All the excessive decorations made the room appear extremely fussy.Los adornos excesivos hacían que el cuarto pareciera sumamente recargado.
3. (anxious)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. nervioso
Joanne is a very fussy baby; she never seems to be happy.Joanne es una bebé muy nerviosa; nunca parece estar contenta.
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picky(
pih
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ki
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(choosy)
a. exigente
The customers of this club are very picky; that's why we offer them the best.Los clientes de este club son muy exigentes, por eso les ofrecemos lo mejor.
b. escrupuloso
We are pretty picky when cleaning our house.Somos muy escrupulosos cuando limpiamos la casa.
c. quisquilloso
Don't be so picky. The meat is rare, just as you asked.No seas tan quisquilloso. La carne está poco cocida, tal como la pediste.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(critical)
a. criticón
My sister is picky by nature, so don't mind what she might say about your appearance.Mi hermana es criticona por naturaleza, así que no des importancia a lo que diga sobre tu aparencia.
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