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English definition of “finicky”


adjective     /ˈfɪn.ɪ.ki/
disapproving difficult to please: a finicky eater He's terribly finicky about his food.Wanting everything to be right needing a lot of attention to detail: Repairing watches must be a very finicky job.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantComplexityDifficult to understand
(Definition of finicky adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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