Definition of finicky in US English:



  • 1Fussy about one's needs or requirements.

    ‘a finicky eater’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We didn't anticipate that we'd appeal to both finicky kids and discriminating chefs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a market economy, finicky customers have the upper hand in choosing products and services.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vanessa owned an Interior Design Company, which was naturally funded by her finicky customers and millionaire father.’
    • ‘She's really finicky and now I hate helping her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you are finicky about electrical appliances actually functioning in your house or having the lights on, you shouldn't live here.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Sky-divers are finicky people, and are incredibly safety conscious.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was so finicky about it and always kept it in perfect place.’
    • ‘He'll have to offer higher levels of service than he's used to, catering to finicky women who often demand multiple alterations.’
    • ‘I was a very finicky eater, but I have learned, over time, to appreciate many foods, even eggplant.’
    • ‘She should be at the bakery, serving finicky customers and drowning in flour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's just one of those things that I'm real finicky about.’
    • ‘Not Don - he's really finicky, nitpicking a lot, going, ‘Oh, could we try that again,’ or ‘Could we change this detail?’’
    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.
      ‘a finicky, almost fetishistic collector’
      • ‘He too remembers some finicky editor turning his preference into a fetish.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More frustration is derived from some levels that require finicky control.’
      • ‘The finicky Chuan is also very particular about his clothing.’
      • ‘A beautiful, well constructed, accurate but finicky handgun is really not an option.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bras are finicky, and, in my experience, require fittings.’
      • ‘With finicky precision, he models turntables, scuffed trainers, tape decks and BMX bikes.’
      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.