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

Definition of picky

: fussy, choosy a picky eater

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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

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New York After a particularly picky customer at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York, complained about the thickness of his french fries in 1853, Chef George Crum sliced some potatoes paper thin, creating the first potato chips. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 Television advertisers, on the other hand, can still afford to be quite picky. Casey Newton, The Verge, "There’s a crack at the heart of Facebook’s advertising business," 4 Oct. 2018 And fighting climate change with BECCS requires producers to be very picky about their biomass sources. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 Each location has a different menu, but all offer myriad options for every eater, from picky to gourmand. Leah Bhabha, Vogue, "How to Spend a Fall Weekend on the North Shore of Massachusetts," 15 Oct. 2018 Even so, this Surface is a good fit for those who aren’t too picky but still want on-the-fly access to both a capable computer and a touch-friendly tablet. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to pick the Microsoft Surface that’s right for you," 2 Aug. 2018 China, the biggest consumer of America’s recycled trash, was a lot less picky back then. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orange County peering into recycling bins to check for no-nos like greasy pizza boxes, plastic bags," 28 June 2018 Less picky barristers store their wigs in biscuit tins. The Economist, "As temperatures rise, English lawyers’ costumes look odder than ever," 5 July 2018 The koala genome also revealed why koalas are such notoriously picky eaters. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of picky

1900, in the meaning defined above

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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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