excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
- Sometimes fin·nick·y; fin·i·king [fin-i-king], /ˈfɪn ɪ kɪŋ/, fin·i·cal [fin-i-kuhl] /ˈfɪn ɪ kəl/ .
- su·per·fin·ick·y, adjective
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How to use finicky in a sentence
Whether it’s a too thin or too thick wetsuit, a bikini top that needs constant readjusting, or a hat that won’t stay put, finicky equipment can impact your performance.The Surf Gear I Rely on from Women-Owned Companies | Rebecca Parsons | January 30, 2021 | Outside Online
They may be more susceptible to damage over time and tend to be more finicky when it comes to even cooking.The best microwaves: This way for buttery popcorn and tempting leftovers | PopSci Commerce Team | January 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
They’re typically big and finicky, but the new Asus ROG Flow and its XG Mobile eGPU switch it up.
Some health systems do have experience with keeping finicky vaccines frigid, even in places with limited resources.Why staying cold is so important to a Covid-19 vaccine | Umair Irfan | December 11, 2020 | Vox
Such a vaccine is key to bringing the pandemic to a swift end since it can be more widely distributed than doses with finicky storage requirements.China drugmaker fact-checks claim that its leading COVID vaccine is 97% effective | Grady McGregor | December 8, 2020 | Fortune
The price reflects its rarity as well, but also the finicky, difficult, and nuanced process of making Champagne.
Getting solar, wind, or wave power to work requires marrying smart technology to often-finicky government policy.How Government and Techno-Utopians Are Changing Energy | Alex Klein | December 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Poor folks aint no business to have finicky idees, or tastes, he declared.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Kyowowy means finicky, and applied to the draper by general consent.A Window in Thrums | J. M. Barrie
Like most of our eastern woodsmen, Pete Noël was even finicky about his food, and took all his meat cooked to a brown.The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
It's all finicky work with tweezers and magnifying glasses, trying to get everything to fit in that little case.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
Wilhelm Meister was set in a finicky period and its characters wore white wigs and minced about in their actions.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna | Clara Louise Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for finicky
excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
full of trivial detail; overelaborate
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