picky

[ pik-ee ]
/ ˈpɪk i /

adjective, pick·i·er, pick·i·est.

extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.

Nearby words

  1. pickwick papers, the,
  2. pickwick, samuel,
  3. pickwickian,
  4. pickwickian syndrome,
  5. pickwickianism,
  6. picloram,
  7. picnic,
  8. picnic races,
  9. pico,
  10. pico de aneto

Origin of picky

First recorded in 1865–70; pick1 + -y1

Related formspick·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for picky

picky

/ (ˈpɪkɪ) /

adjective pickier or pickiest

informal fussy; finicky; choosy
Derived Formspickily, adverbpickiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for picky

picky

adj.

1867, from pick (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pickiness. The earliest recorded uses are in reference to eating.

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