finikin

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from finick or finicky.

Adjective[edit]

finikin (comparative more finikin, superlative most finikin)

  1. (dated) Excessively dainty or fastidious.
    • c. 1745, George Washington, Moncure D. Conway editor, George Washington's Rules of Civility[1], published 1890:
      Have a great regard for the cleanliness of your hands, but do not be finikin about it.
    • 1913, Henry W. Nevinson, Essays in Rebellion[2]:
      Artifice and imitation reveal the finikin or uncertain soul as surely as deliberate bareness reveals a conscious austerity.

Noun[edit]

finikin (plural finikins)

  1. Alternative form of finnikin.