Stoid, fixed in own ways, unchanging, perfectionist.
He has to do everything 'just so' - He is so anally retentive!
by nusye December 15, 2003
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Uptight, stubborn.

Usage Note: You might like to think you're ascribing some sort of diagnosis to a person when you describe him as "anally retentive", but it doesn't mean anything in a psychiatric sense. It sounds professional, but it's merely a disguised way to insult someone.
"Bob's always been that nitpicky. I think he's anally retentive."
by Menchi January 13, 2004
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Although the original Freudian idea of the evolution of the character through various stages like the "anal stage", at each of which it was possible to get stuck, has not really stood the test of time, many outside the psychological community feel that it's still worth having a term for those backed-up individuals one occasionally encounters who have an abiding need to stop fussing about something or other and relax, unclench, and *blow it out their ass*. For this, "anally retentive" (or simply "anal") will serve as well as anything.
He's so anally retentive only dogs can hear him fart.
by nouiknouik January 26, 2014
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Unforthcoming, nervous. A lack of self confidence.
The guys at school are so anally retentive when it comes to talking to girls.
by Sarn September 17, 2003
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A term used to refer to a person who feels a need to be in control of all aspects of his or her surroundings. Or, in other words, an anal retentive person "can't let go of shit."
My anal retentive parents won't let me leave the house without leaving them with an address, name, and phone number for my destination.
by Jonathan May 9, 2004
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One who is excessively insistent upon the smallest detail of something, usually through ignorance or taking things too literally.
"Here's an entry reccomended for deletion because it's not 'urban'. And here's an entry reccomended for delition because it's not written as if in a dictionary. I do think these anal-retentives are quite missing the point of Urban Dictionary."
by Shanya Almafeta November 18, 2004
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A term based on the second phase of psychosexual development described by Freud (and appended by Erickson).

Used in modern times to describe a person blessed with nit-picking abilities.
"harness that anus, shower it with gifts for one day it's fruit may stand between us and complete destruction."
by Cortical Homunculus May 14, 2004
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