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picky

[pik-ee]
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adjective, pick·i·er, pick·i·est.
  1. extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.
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Origin of picky

First recorded in 1865–70; pick1 + -y1
Related formspick·i·ness, noun
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Related Words

captiouscriticaldaintyfastidiousfault-findingfussyniceparticularpersnickety

Examples from the Web for picky

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  • "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.

    Naudsonce

    H. Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for picky

picky

adjective pickier or pickiest
  1. informal fussy; finicky; choosy
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Derived Formspickily, adverbpickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for picky

adj.

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

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