finickity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly a blend of finicky +‎ pernickety

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Adjective[edit]

finickity (comparative more finickity, superlative most finickity)

  1. (usually said of a person) Fastidious and fussy; difficult to please; exacting, especially about details; meticulous and particular.
    • 1993 October 7, David Covey, “Re: unix is user-friendly”, in comp.unix.user-friendly, Usenet[1], retrieved 2008-09-21:
      It's great when you've taken the time to have persuade someone to explain to you the ludicrously finickity way it wants a particular command typing in. Very powerful, but not for end-users.
    • 1997, Neil Tennant, The Taming of the True[2], →ISBN, page 327:
      We see, then, that some systems can be unreasonably finickity about the use one may make of assumptions for the sake of argument, especially with a rule like the rule of conditional proof.
    • 2005, House of Commons International Development Committee, Parliament of Great Britain, Development assistance in Iraq: Interim Report : Seventh Report of Session 2004-05[3], →ISBN, page 9:
      Q62 Mr Bercow: But £86 million is very precise. It is not £85 million, it is not £90 milllion; it is £86 million. [] I am sorry if you think I am being finickity; I am being very finickity about it but I believe rightly.
    • 2005, Michael Winner, Winner Takes All[4], →ISBN, page 11:
      I got most of the money to pay for all this by stealing. It was very wrong. Today I'm so finickity that I fired one of my staff for nicking twenty-pence worth of curtain hangers from Barkers because he couldn't be bothered to wait at the till queue.

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