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
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Examples of finicky in a sentence
My teacher is finicky about grammar.
a complicated and finicky recipe
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
First Known Use: circa 1825
FINICKY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of finicky for English Language Learners
: very hard to please
: requiring a lot of care or attention
FINICKY Defined for Kids
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