\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : fussy, choosy a picky eater Because pen collectors are a picky lot, and some antiques dealers who are not in the pen business can overlook the details of condition, there is occasional friction.— Bill Holland With rising ticket prices and new competition from cable TV, cost-conscious families may be pickier about the movies they choose to see.— David Ansen and Martin Kasindorf

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pickiness noun
Taylor mocks Zavala for the size of his extended Mexican family, their endless chatter and the frequency of their quinceaneras. Zavala ribs Taylor for his white-person pickiness about artisanal coffee and marriage. — Belinda Luscombe Now jobless and forced to live with five housemates in San Jose, Calif., she comes away from every job interview discouraged by employers' pickiness. — Daniel McGinn

Examples of picky in a Sentence

a picky cat who would only eat one particular kind of food, and only if it was served in his special dish she's picky, but she always finds the best quality in fresh meat and fish
Recent Examples on the Web But realistically speaking, as those students who graduated during the Great Recession know all too well, being picky is a luxury right now. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner, Cincinnati.com, "Simply Money: Can you return Required Minimum Distribution money?," 5 May 2020 Coffea arabica is a picky plant, willing to grow only in the narrowest range of conditions: Sunlight, water, drainage, and even altitude all have to be just so. Michael Pollan, The Atlantic, "Capitalism’s Favorite Drug," 6 Apr. 2020 The unveiling didn’t go so well: Many users did not realize how picky the site was about, say, entering an address that precisely matched the one on their most recent tax return. Ron Lieber, New York Times, "Didn’t Get Your Stimulus Payment Yet? Here’s What to Do," 11 Apr. 2020 The report details how picky Apple is being with regard to how shows are created and managed. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content," 24 Sep. 2018 Just how picky can home sellers be when choosing a buyer? Nneka Mcguire, chicagotribune.com, "Should you buy a home in 2017? Here's what 3 experts say.," 11 May 2018 Really, though, now is the not the time for being picky. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra brightens dark period with 2020-21 Severance Hall season news," 5 Apr. 2020 Calling Owen a picky eater wouldn’t have captured the extent of the problem. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Anxious Child," 14 Apr. 2020 Juices and smoothies work well with dozens of garden ingredients and are a nice way to coax picky eaters into eating their five a day. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Creative Ways to Use Up Produce That Go Beyond Salads," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of picky

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picky was in 1917

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29 May 2020

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“Picky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picky. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of picky

: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : hard to please


\ ˈpi-kē How to pronounce picky (audio) \
pickier; pickiest

Kids Definition of picky

: hard to please a picky eater

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