Comment traduire "picky eaters" en français? "Picky" désigne des personnes difficiles à satisfaire. Je cherche une expression qui donne la signification exacte de "picky eaters".

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On peut dire de quelqu’un qui n’aime pas beaucoup de choses qui se mangent qu’il est « difficile ». Dans le Trésor de langue française, on trouve l’acception au paragraphe B.

  • linguee.fr/francais-anglais/… propose aussi capricieux selon les contextes
    – Personne
    Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 20:41
  • @ Edouard, Est ce que je peux dire "les mangeurs difficiles"
    – houneida
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 17:59
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    @houneida Pas vraiment, mangeur n'est pas idiomatique ici et s'emploie dans essentiellement dans des expressions toutes faites ("gros mangeur", "mangeur d'homme", etc.) Les personnes difficiles suffit et sera compris grâce au contexte, éventuellement en rajoutant sur le plan de la nourriture si on veut être hyper explicite. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 11:16
  • @guillaume31, Merci pour votre réponse
    – houneida
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 18:16

Je les appellerais des « fines bouches ».


It’s probably most often used in reference to an adult with super, perhaps unreasonably high standards, but someone who is “exigeant (sur la nourriture/bouffe)" is nevertheless a picky eater.

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    un bouffeur exigeant [c'est une blague]......difficile à plaire=picky. Isn't it funny that for a culture so obsessed with food, their is no good word for eater other than some metaphor or other with bouche.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 17, 2018 at 18:58
  • Correx: there is, not their is. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 16:50

Picky (about anything, not just food): pointilleux.

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    Pointilleux means "obsessed with details", it doesn't work here.
    – N.I.
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 7:59
  • @NajibIdrissi: See here or beyond. It means picky, as I said. (And as you apparently agree, even with your definition of picky.) I was clear in my answer that picky and pointilleux can be applied to anything. This question is about picky eater.
    – Drew
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 17:16
  • ...Is that a joke? Even the links you provide contradict what you say. And you don't point at a translation dictionary to find the meaning of a word, you use a regular dictionary. Let me quote CNRTL: Qui a une propension à disputer sur des points de détail, qui ne laisse passer aucune chose même peu importante. This doesn't fit at all with "picky eater". POicky can mean pointilleux in some contexts, but not all of them.
    – N.I.
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 17:45
  • Nope, not a joke. I maintain my answer. You are free to disagree. A picky eater picks at his/her food, paying great attention to detail, and choosing only these bits and not those bits to eat. Picky eater is not choosy eater (which can refer to picking at the food or just choosing among menu suggestions). Whether the great attention to detail of a picky eater fits your personal definition of "obsessed with details" is up to you to decide.
    – Drew
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 17:52

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