One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for finicky
- ‘But it is what the elites fancy, as couldn't be clearer than from the squeal of triumph with which the magazine's finical architecture critic announced the organisation's choice.’
- ‘I mean, take that scene in ‘King Lear’ where Kent harangues Oswald as being ‘a lily-livered, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable, finical rogue’.’
Late 16th century (probably originally university slang): probably from fine + -ical, perhaps suggested by Middle Dutch fijnkens ‘accurately, neatly, prettily’.
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