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Is there a word (noun, verb, adjective -- I don't care which) that describes the quality of being overly defensive of little things?

For example...


Dave: God, Alicia gets hostile when I ask for a little piece of candy, and she guards her stash of pencils like a bulldog.

Jane: Yeah, and she has so much candy and so many pencils anyways!

Dave: She really is ___________.


Thanks so much!

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Two words come to mind. The first is "overprotective":

Unduly protective

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You could also go with "possessive":

desirous of possessing, especially excessively so

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Both of these can fit your idea, but it's quite a specific idea for a single describing word. Sometimes you can't really cram too many ideas into one word and must rely on context or describing words, such as adjectives and adverbs.

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I think possessive is the right term.

unwilling to let other people use something you own

He’s so possessive about his new car.

Alice is very possessive about her pencils.

(Longman)

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She is just "stingy":

not generous or liberal : sparing or scant in using, giving, or spending

[Merriam-Webster]

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