Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excessively dainty or fastidious.
  • n. Alternative form of finnikin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Precise in trifles; idly busy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Daintily fine; dainty.
  • Pettily particular; precise in trifles; idly busy; especially, particular about dress.
  • n. A sort of pigeon with a crest some-what resembling the mane of a horse.

Etymologies

Possibly from finick or finicky. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Heave we aside the fallacy, as punical as finikin, that it was not the king kingself but his inseparable sisters, uncontrollable nighttalkers, Skertsiraizde with Donyahzade, who afterwards, when the robberers shot up the socialights, came down into the world as amusers and were staged by Madame Sudlow as Rosa and Lily Miskinguette in the pantalime that two pitts paythronosed, Miliodorus and Galathee.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The bearded creatures are quite as eager for praise, quite as finikin over their toilettes, quite as proud of their personal advantages, quite as conscious of their powers of fascination, as any coquette in the world.

    Vanity Fair

  • Leveson is as gentlemanly a fellow as the world contains, and if he has a fault, is perhaps too finikin.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • There was an air of arrangedness about it; it might have been laid out according to plan, and on pleasing, but rather finikin lines; it was all exquisite, but just a trifle overdressed.

    The Way Home

  • Amadis of Gaul, because he had a spirit that was equal to every occasion, and was no finikin knight, nor lachrymose like his brother, while in the matter of valour he was not a whit behind him.

    Don Quixote

  • The Italian forms of Gothic Blackletters are generally too fussy and finikin to be of practical value for modern use, though they often possess suggestive value.

    Letters and Lettering A Treatise With 200 Examples

  • The descent from sensitive, though always rather finikin, drawing through the tasteful and accomplished to the feebly forcible may be followed in the pots and vases of the sixth, fifth, fourth, and third centuries.

    Art

  • His far-ranging work in Comparative Anatomy was based upon dissections by his own hand, executed rapidly and broadly, going straight to the essential point without any finikin elaboration, and recorded in very fine anatomical drawings.

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • The bearded creatures are quite as eager for praise, quite as finikin over their toilets, quite as proud of their personal advantages, quite as conscious of their powers of fascination, as any coquette in the world.

    III. Rebecca Is in Presence of the Enemy

  • She had but two maids with her, finikin lasses, with black eyes and broad bosoms, who set off their lady's more delicate beauty well.

    Robin Hood

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  • (a.) Precise in trifles; idly busy.

    October 14, 2008