adjective, pick·i·er, pick·i·est.

extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.

Origin of picky

First recorded in 1865–70; pick1 + -y1
Related formspick·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of picky

Historical Examples of picky

  • "My dear Picky, it had to come," said Booverman, with a shrug of his shoulders.

  • This is the end of all things, Picky, the saddest spot on earth.

  • Of course, fwoonk and pwink and tweelt and kroosh sounded alike to them, but let's don't be too picky about things.


    H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for picky


adjective pickier or pickiest

informal fussy; finicky; choosy
Derived Formspickily, adverbpickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for picky

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

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