[ fin-i-kee ]
/ ˈfɪn ɪ ki /

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

Definition for finnicky (2 of 2)


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.

Origin of finicky

First recorded in 1815–25; finick + -y1


Related forms

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

Examples from the Web for finnicky

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

    The Heart of Canyon Pass|Thomas K. Holmes
  • That comes under the head of earnings, if you are finnicky about the profits.

    Dennison Grant|Robert Stead
  • 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



/ (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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