[ fin-i-kee ]
/ ˈfɪn ɪ ki /

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

Nearby words

  1. finner,
  2. finney,
  3. finney, charles grandison,
  4. finnic,
  5. finnick,
  6. finnish,
  7. finnmark,
  8. finno-,
  9. finno-russo war,
  10. finno-ugrian


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 formssu·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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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper