\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web As contamination grows and buyers become pickier, more material is tossed in the landfill. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "'Wish-cycling': How your holiday recycling could be doing more harm than good," 26 Dec. 2019 Probiotic resistance depends on the individual, due to a combination of their unique genetics, immune system, and picky digestive system microbes. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Google results for probiotics are totally unreliable," 15 Jan. 2020 Texas is picky about agents, who are required to be licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). Dallas News, "Real Estate 101," 6 Jan. 2020 TAURUS Taurus is more picky about how their clothing looks and feels. Alice Bell, Teen Vogue, "16 NYE Outfit Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign," 18 Dec. 2019 Like most of us, body positive icon Ashley Graham is super picky about her mascara. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Ashley Graham Wears Revlon Mascara to ‘Feel Like a Queen’," 9 Dec. 2019 Patrick scrapes the cheese off a few slices of pizza for their pickiest eaters. USA Today, "America's parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can't they get it?," 3 Dec. 2019 The place has to please everyone from picky teenagers to stressed parents. Iris Van Rynbach, courant.com, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Thanks to a lucrative career in pro football, Adams can afford to be picky. Corban Goble, New York Times, "Memes Made Spice Adams More Famous Than the N.F.L. Could," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of picky

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picky was in 1900

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7 Feb 2020

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“Picky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picky?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=picky001. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce picky (audio)

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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