One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for finicky
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century (probably originally university slang): probably from fine + -ical, perhaps suggested by Middle Dutch fijnkens ‘accurately, neatly, prettily’.
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