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or finnicky, finiking

[fin-i-kee] /ˈfɪn ɪ ki/
adjective, finickier, finickiest.
excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
Origin of finicky
First recorded in 1815-25; finick + -y1
Related forms
superfinicky, adjective
exacting, demanding, meticulous; choosy, picky. Unabridged
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  • Some were finicky as to their officers, and waited until they should be satisfied.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Who was this finicky party with the willow-ware eyes, anyway?

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Kitty was the only Maynard who was finicky about her clothes.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • Married one of these up-dee-dee, poetry-reading, finicky women.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • finicky ladies don't get two invitations into the Treadwell.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • This reasoning is not finicky, but very profound; accept it in the right spirit.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • Well, I too feel that way at times: we all have finicky moments.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • It was a revelation to Rose of the elegancies of a dainty, finicky girl's toilet.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
  • Women of this class are finicky housekeepers in their own homes.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for finicky


excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
full of trivial detail; overelaborate
Word Origin
C19: from finical
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finicky

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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