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[pik-ee] /ˈpɪk i/
adjective, pickier, pickiest.
extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.
Origin of picky
1865-70; pick1 + -y1
Related forms
pickiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for picky
  • As a practicing vegetarian and a picky eater, she finds few choices at school.
  • picky buyers have limited options when considering existing inventory alone.
  • The truth is they're not picky eaters, with one case in which authorities found a chicken coop in a tiger shark's stomach.
  • The bill also lays out some picky design instructions.
  • And it's even harder if employers are being picky due to a huge population of unemployed workers.
  • The team witnessed picky, macho males carefully select mates.
  • Or the questions can seem nit-picky or superficial, and the session can drift in a direction you think frustrating.
  • If they are that picky about footwear, they will balk at tattoos that aren't covered up.
  • Part of having a good education in an area is being able to discriminate between a picky detail and a main point.
  • US scientists are excited about the new bug because it is not as picky as other methanogens about where it lives.
British Dictionary definitions for picky


adjective pickier, pickiest
(informal) fussy; finicky; choosy
Derived Forms
pickily, adverb
pickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for picky

1867, from pick (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pickiness. The earliest recorded uses are in reference to eating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for picky



Very niggling; chicken-shit, persnickety: For growing a beard. A lot of little picky things like that (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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