or fin·nick·y, fin·i·king

[ fin-i-kee ]
/ ˈfɪn ɪ ki /

adjective, fin·ick·i·er, fin·ick·i·est.

excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.

Nearby words

  1. fingo,
  2. fini,
  3. finial,
  4. finical,
  5. finick,
  6. fining,
  7. finis,
  8. finis coronat opus,
  9. finish,
  10. finish line

Origin of finicky

First recorded in 1815–25; finick + -y1

Related formssu·per·fin·ick·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for finicky



/ (ˈfɪnɪkɪ) /


excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
full of trivial detail; overelaborate

Word Origin for finicky

C19: from finical

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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).

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