Definition of finicky in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪnɪki


  • 1(Of a person) fussy about their needs or requirements: a finicky eater
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    • Success in that business comes not by understanding and meeting the demands of millions of finicky customers, but by cementing relationships with and winning the support of a handful of powerful decision-makers.
    • He'll have to offer higher levels of service than he's used to, catering to finicky women who often demand multiple alterations.
    • He said: ‘Sky-divers are finicky people, and are incredibly safety conscious.’
    fussy, fastidious, punctilious, over-particular, hard to please, overcritical, difficult, awkward, exacting, demanding, perfectionist
    informal picky, choosy, pernickety
    North American informal persnickety
    archaic nice
  • 1.1Showing or requiring great attention to detail: his finicky copperplate hand
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    • It is an arena in which far too much time is being spent attending to finicky details within details.
    • And then - shocker - it turned out that the roboprojectors were finicky and unreliable and required careful, skilled supervision.
    • But getting the figures and tables right, looking up all the data and resolving all the discrepancies - it's all finicky detail work.


early 19th century: from finical + -y1.

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