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[fin-i-kee] /ˈfɪn ɪ ki/
adjective, finickier, finickiest.
excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
Also, finnicky, finiking
[fin-i-king] /ˈfɪn ɪ kɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of finicky
1815-25; finick + -y1
Related forms
superfinicky, adjective
exacting, demanding, meticulous; choosy, picky. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for finicky
  • When the pickings are this good, bears can turn finicky.
  • But despite their omnipotent potential, embryonic stem cells are a finicky lot.
  • Never once did they manage to creep out of my finicky ears.
  • But people seem to be far more finicky about what they put in their mouths for nutrition.
  • He once was a grower of roses and peonies but found them finicky.
  • It may sound finicky but paying proper attention to what you write is desirable for the reading pleasure of your audience.
  • Solid state devices are far preferable, no matter how finicky.
  • It was plagued by finicky carbs and had a habit of killing magnetos.
  • Especially in a building without a finicky co-op board to examine one's social and financial pedigree.
  • The problem with combat is an all-too finicky camera.
British Dictionary definitions for finicky


excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
full of trivial detail; overelaborate
Word Origin
C19: from finical
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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).

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