finicky

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From finicking, from finical, from fine

AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

  • 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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Last modified on 20 August 2013, at 20:46