finicky

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From finicking, from finical, from fine

Adjective[edit]

finicky (comparative finickier or more finicky, superlative finickiest or most finicky)

  1. (informal) Fastidious and fussy; difficult to please; exacting, especially about details.
    The baby was finicky until her diaper was changed.
  2. (informal) Demanding, requiring above-normal care.
    The lawnmower is a bit finicky in cold weather.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The forms finickier and finickiest also exist, but are quite rare, and perhaps nonstandard. The forms more finicky and most finicky are much more common, and certainly standard.

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