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finicky

[fin-i-kee] /ˈfɪn ɪ ki/
adjective, finickier, finickiest.
1.
excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
Also, finnicky, finiking
[fin-i-king] /ˈfɪn ɪ kɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; finick + -y1
Related forms
superfinicky, adjective
Synonyms
exacting, demanding, meticulous; choosy, picky.
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British Dictionary definitions for fin-icky

finicky

/ˈfɪnɪkɪ/
adjective
1.
excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
2.
full of trivial detail; overelaborate
Word Origin
C19: from finical
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Word Origin and History for fin-icky

finicky

adj.

1825, "dainty, mincing," from finical "too particular" (1590s), perhaps from fine (adj.) + -ical as in cynical, ironical. The -k- between the final -c- and a suffix beginning in -i, -y, or -e is an orthographic rule to mark the pronunciation of -c- as "k" (cf. picnicking, trafficking, panicky, shellacked).

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