or fin·nick·y, fin·i·king
- excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
Origin of finicky
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Related Words for finickychoosy, squeamish, fastidious, scrupulous, fussy, critical, dainty, difficult, nice, persnickety, picky, finical, fussbudget, nit-picking, overnice
Examples from the Web for finicky
Contemporary Examples of finicky
The price reflects its rarity as well, but also the finicky, difficult, and nuanced process of making Champagne.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of finicky
Some were finicky as to their officers, and waited until they should be satisfied.The Siege of Boston
Who was this finicky party with the willow-ware eyes, anyway?Torchy, Private Sec.
Kitty was the only Maynard who was finicky about her clothes.Marjorie's Busy Days
Married one of these up-dee-dee, poetry-reading, finicky women.The Job
Finicky ladies don't get two invitations into the Treadwell.Alaska
- excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
- full of trivial detail; overelaborate
Word Origin 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).