From Latin meticulōsus (“full of fear, timid, fearful, terrible, frightful”), from metus (“fear”) and -culōsus, extracted from perīculōsus (“perilous”). Sense of "characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details" is from French méticuleux.
- Characterized by very precise, conscientious attention to details.
- Synonyms: careful, precise, painstaking, rigorous, scrupulous; see also Thesaurus:meticulous
- Antonyms: sloppy, careless, slapdash
- (archaic) Timid, fearful, overly cautious.