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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Germans are hearty eaters; but they are not, like the French, fussy and finicky over their food.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • Kitty was the only Maynard who was finicky about her clothes.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • And wouldn't you guess he'd be just the one to have finicky ideas as to how his son and heir should conduct himself.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Some were finicky as to their officers, and waited until they should be satisfied.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • "Mormon c'ud take the Nicholson party on his lap, if she ain't too finicky," suggested Sam.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Who was this finicky party with the willow-ware eyes, anyway?

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • He means to spare her to the very last, no matter how much she has to waste upon her father's finicky appetite.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • This reasoning is not finicky, but very profound; accept it in the right spirit.

    English Costume Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • I was too morbid and finicky and exacting for a healthy man.

    Happiness and Marriage Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
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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