anal retentive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj anal retentive a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
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Quotations

  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?”

Usage


In news:

Even if you're the most anal-retentive of IT pros and cable your closets perfectly and accurately the first time, they aren't going to stay that way.
FORT WAYNE, Indiana--He's with us to this day, in words and phrases like psychoanalysis, egotist, dream therapy, anal retentive and Freudian slip.
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