punctilious

  • 1 Punctilious — Punc*til ious ( y[u^]s), a. [Cf. It. puntiglioso, Sp. puntilloso.] Attentive to punctilio; very nice or exact in the forms of behavior, etiquette, or mutual intercourse; precise; exact in the smallest particulars. A punctilious observance of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 punctilious — [puŋk til′ē əs] adj. [Fr pointilleux < pointille < It puntiglio: see PUNCTILIO] 1. very careful about every detail of behavior, ceremony, etc. [a punctilious host] 2. very exact; scrupulous punctiliously adv. punctiliousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 punctilious — I adjective accurate, attentive, careful, ceremonious, conscientious, correct, diligens, dutiful, exact, exacting, faithful, fastidious, finical, finicking, finicky, formal, fussy, methodical, meticulous, minutely correct, observant, observant of …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 punctilious — 1630s, probably from It. puntiglioso, from puntiglio fine point, from L. punctum prick (see POINT (Cf. point)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 punctilious — punctual, meticulous, scrupulous, *careful Analogous words: particular, fussy, squeamish, fastidious, *nice: formal, conventional, ceremonious, *ceremonial …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 punctilious — [adj] careful, finicky ceremonious, conscientious, conscionable, conventional, exact, formal, formalistic, fussy, good eye*, heedful, meticulous, nice, observant, overconscientious, overscrupulous, painstaking, particular, persnickety, precise,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 punctilious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour. DERIVATIVES punctiliously adverb punctiliousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 punctilious — [[t]pʌŋktɪ̱liəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is punctilious is very careful to behave correctly. [FORMAL] He was punctilious about being ready and waiting in the entrance hall exactly on time... He was a punctilious young man. Syn: meticulous… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 punctilious — adjective /pʌŋkˈtɪliəs/ a) Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions. With a punctilious slap of the gloves, the duel was now inevitable. b) Precise or scrupulous; finicky or …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 punctilious — adj. punctilious about * * * [pʌŋk tɪlɪəs] punctilious about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 punctilious — punc|til|i|ous [pʌŋkˈtıliəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: punctilio detail of good behavior (16 21 centuries), from Italian puntiglio, from Spanish puntillo, from Latin punctum; POINT1] very careful to behave correctly and follow rules… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 punctilious — adjective formal being very careful to behave correctly and keep exactly to rules: Jimmy was always most punctilious about repaying any loans. punctiliously adverb punctiliousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 punctilious — adjective his punctilious implementation of orders Syn: meticulous, conscientious, diligent, scrupulous, careful, painstaking, rigorous, perfectionist, methodical, particular, strict; fussy, fastidious, finicky, pedantic; informal nitpicking,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 punctilious — adjective Date: 1634 marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions Synonyms: see careful • punctiliously adverb • punctiliousness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 punctilious — punctiliously, adv. punctiliousness, n. /pungk til ee euhs/, adj. extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions. [1625 35; PUNCTILI(O) + OUS] Syn. precise, demanding;… …

    Universalium

  • 16 punctilious — Synonyms and related words: accurate, active, attentive, careful, censorious, choicy, choosy, close, compliant, conforming, conscientious, conscionable, constant, conventional, correct, critical, delicate, demanding, detailed, devoted, devout,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 punctilious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. conscientious, scrupulous; exact, precise; formal, ceremonious; severe, strict. See ostentation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. formal, particular, exact; see careful . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 punctilious — punc|til|i|ous [ pʌŋk tıliəs ] adjective FORMAL very careful to behave well, and to follow the details of rules or instructions ╾ punc|til|i|ous|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 punctilious —   …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 punctilious — punc til·i·ous || pʌŋ(k) tɪlɪəs adj. exacting about details, strict regarding trivial issues; cautious, careful …

    English contemporary dictionary