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[pik-ee] /ˈpɪk i/
adjective, pickier, pickiest.
extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.
Origin of picky
First recorded in 1865-70; pick1 + -y1
Related forms
pickiness, noun Unabridged
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  • "My dear picky, it had to come," said Booverman, with a shrug of his shoulders.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • This is the end of all things, picky, the saddest spot on earth.

    Murder in Any Degree Owen Johnson
  • Of course, fwoonk and pwink and tweelt and kroosh sounded alike to them, but let's don't be too picky about things.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
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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