by Jonathan May 08, 2004
A mild form ofobsessive-compulsive disorder. A collection of very irritating personality traits that include stubbornness, orderliness, and a desire to control others and their surroundings. It makes a person meticulous or fixated about little things, nit-picking or paying extreme attention to detail, and trying to control his or her environment and other people. They do things “by the book’’ with no flexibility in the way they complete tasks, and expect others to do and think as they. It’s their way or the highway, basically. They are the worst people to work for or live with. My roommate is a good example. He irons his underwear because he doesn’t want the wrinkles, assuming people will see them or care. He always must have his room spotless in every detail, including making his bed to perfection before going to work. Before he puts dishes in the dishwasher, he washes them thoroughly, defeating his purpose for the dishwasher. And he must have the dishes in the washer sitting at a certain angle, for fear they wont get cleaned. He will also literally pick tiny particles from the living room carpet, before using the vacuum cleaner. Psychologists say thatanally retentivepeople’s habits—often controlling—stem from lack of being breast fed as an infant. Basically, people who are anally retentive act like they have something up their butt. Instead, they need to see a psyciatrist. And if things don’t go their way, they go nuts!Anally retentivepeople are usually very annoying as a result and may have a hard time making and keeping friends.
by firstname.lastname@example.org January 04, 2009
“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 17, 2004
A fixation on neatness developed from the Freudian “anal stage”, otherwise though of as the “potty training years”. Where the fixation stems from either not enough or too much pushing into potty training and cleanliness as a child.
by stormbourne December 12, 2003
Person/persons who obviously have something stuck up their butt, but (no pun intended) feel the need to take it out on everyone else! These people also must have everything “just so” and if it isn’t, oh there’s gonna be anal retentive hell to pay, (i.e. nagging, bitching, complaining, delegating tasks/chores, and other various bossy crap too long to mention here.
by Anonymous November 20, 2003
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