or fin·nick·y, fin·i·king

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

Origin of finicky

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

Synonyms for finicky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for finnicky

Historical Examples of finnicky

  • That comes under the head of earnings, if you are finnicky about the profits.

    Dennison Grant

    Robert Stead

  • Respect for the cloth cannot be won among these open-hearted folk by finnicky manners.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

  • But he was a past-master in the art, notwithstanding he had not officiated before in the presence of so "finnicky" an assemblage.

British Dictionary definitions for finnicky



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

Word Origin for finicky

C19: from finical
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Word Origin and History for finnicky



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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