Fastidious vs Tartar - What's the difference?

fastidious | tartar |

As adjectives the difference between fastidious and tartar

is that fastidious is excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness while tartar is .

As a noun tartar is





(en adjective)
  • Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details, especially about tidiness and cleanliness.
  • * 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.
  • * 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.
  • * 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.
  • Difficult to please; quick to find fault.
  • * 1897 , ,
  • "It's burn[t], M'sieur," said Marie Louise, politely, but decidedly, to the utter confusion of Mr. Billy, who was as mortified as could be at the failure of his dinner to please his fastidious little visitor.
  • * 1881 , ,
  • You're too fastidious, and too indolent, and too rich.


    * (excessively particular) exacting, fussy, meticulous * See also

    See also

    * finicky



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) tartre, from .


  • A red compound deposited during wine making; mostly potassium hydrogen tartrate - a source of cream of tartar.
  • A hard yellow deposit on the teeth.
  • Derived terms
    * cream of tartar * tartarous

    Etymology 2

    From figurative use of Tartar
  • (dated) A fearsome or angrily violent person.
  • Derived terms

    * tartar sauce ----