Definition of finicky in English:



  • 1(of a person) fussy about their needs or requirements.

    ‘a finicky eater’
    • ‘Vanessa owned an Interior Design Company, which was naturally funded by her finicky customers and millionaire father.’
    • ‘He'll have to offer higher levels of service than he's used to, catering to finicky women who often demand multiple alterations.’
    • ‘Not Don - he's really finicky, nitpicking a lot, going, ‘Oh, could we try that again,’ or ‘Could we change this detail?’’
    • ‘He was so finicky about it and always kept it in perfect place.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Sky-divers are finicky people, and are incredibly safety conscious.’’
    • ‘I've always known that cat owners are somewhat fanatical when it comes to their pets, but the sheer number of sites devoted to this finicky member of the animal kingdom probably outnumbers the amount of cats in this country.’
    • ‘It's just one of those things that I'm real finicky about.’
    • ‘I have indeed been accused of that very thing, but then maybe its because of my keen sense of smell that I am so finicky.’
    • ‘I was a very finicky eater, but I have learned, over time, to appreciate many foods, even eggplant.’
    • ‘In a market economy, finicky customers have the upper hand in choosing products and services.’
    • ‘We didn't anticipate that we'd appeal to both finicky kids and discriminating chefs.’
    • ‘She was prim, proper, and she was terribly finicky.’
    • ‘I'll just take the rest of that for my finicky friend here and relieve you of the burden of eating it.’
    • ‘I had spent most of my life convinced that she was no different than the finicky gods of Greek and Roman mythology and other ancient mythologies.’
    • ‘She should be at the bakery, serving finicky customers and drowning in flour.’
    • ‘If you are finicky about electrical appliances actually functioning in your house or having the lights on, you shouldn't live here.’
    • ‘She's really finicky and now I hate helping her.’
    • ‘Indeed, in a cluttered world where one company's product can be nearly identical to another's, quality service is often the deciding factor for finicky customers.’
    • ‘I am extremely finicky about my household chores, I would possibly leave only one item for my maid to go and fetch from the market.’
    • ‘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.’
    fussy, fastidious, punctilious, over-particular, hard to please, overcritical, difficult, awkward, exacting, demanding, perfectionist
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    1. 1.1 Showing or requiring great attention to detail.
      ‘his finicky copperplate hand’
      • ‘Mountain bike tires can be notoriously finicky to seat onto a rim and often require compressed air or a high-volume pump to create the critical airtight seal.’
      • ‘More frustration is derived from some levels that require finicky control.’
      • ‘The interface to the game is rather finicky at times and does require some specific targeting when attempting to point at a person or object.’
      • ‘Bras are finicky, and, in my experience, require fittings.’
      • ‘It is an arena in which far too much time is being spent attending to finicky details within details.’
      • ‘But getting the figures and tables right, looking up all the data and resolving all the discrepancies - it's all finicky detail work.’
      • ‘And then - shocker - it turned out that the roboprojectors were finicky and unreliable and required careful, skilled supervision.’
      • ‘With finicky precision, he models turntables, scuffed trainers, tape decks and BMX bikes.’
      • ‘A beautiful, well constructed, accurate but finicky handgun is really not an option.’
      • ‘He too remembers some finicky editor turning his preference into a fetish.’
      • ‘The finicky Chuan is also very particular about his clothing.’
      attentive, conscientious, painstaking, meticulous, diligent, assiduous, sedulous, scrupulous, punctilious, fastidious, methodical, orderly, deliberate, judicious, perfectionist
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Early 19th century: from finical + -y.