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or fin·nick·y, fin·i·king

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adjective, fin·ick·i·er, fin·ick·i·est.
  1. excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy.
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Origin of finicky

First recorded in 1815–25; finick + -y1
Related formssu·per·fin·ick·y, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • Some were finicky as to their officers, and waited until they should be satisfied.

  • Who was this finicky party with the willow-ware eyes, anyway?

  • Kitty was the only Maynard who was finicky about her clothes.

  • Married one of these up-dee-dee, poetry-reading, finicky women.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Finicky ladies don't get two invitations into the Treadwell.


    Ella Higginson

British Dictionary definitions for finicky



  1. excessively particular, as in tastes or standards; fussy
  2. full of trivial detail; overelaborate
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Word Origin

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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