finicky

adjective fin·icky \ ˈfi-ni-kē \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of finicky

1 : extremely or excessively particular, exacting, or meticulous in taste or standards
  • a finicky eater
  • My teacher is finicky about spelling.
2 : requiring much care, precision, or attentive effort
  • a finicky recipe
  • … growing the finicky Pinot Noir grape …
  • —Kim Marcus

finickiness

noun

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Examples of finicky in a Sentence

  1. My teacher is finicky about grammar.

  2. a complicated and finicky recipe

Recent Examples of finicky from the Web

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Did You Know?

You may be familiar with an advertising campaign featuring Morris, the "finicky" housecat who would only eat a certain brand of cat food. Morris’s tastes in cuisine are not only very particular, but very fine as well, and that’s appropriate given the origin of "finicky." The word came about as an alteration of "finicking," itself an alteration of another adjective, "finical." It’s believed that finical derives from the adjective "fine." "Finicking" also gives us "finick," a somewhat rare verb meaning "to put on airs" or "to dawdle about."

Origin and Etymology of finicky

alteration of finicking


FINICKY Defined for English Language Learners

finicky

adjective

Definition of finicky for English Language Learners

  • : very hard to please

  • : requiring a lot of care or attention


FINICKY Defined for Kids

finicky

adjective fin·icky \ ˈfi-ni-kē \

Definition of finicky for Students

: very hard to please : fussy


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