Definitions

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  • n. The state of being sharpened or pointed.
  • n. fineness; spruceness; smartness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being sharpened; pointedness.
  • n. Fineness; spruceness; smartness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being pointed at the end.
  • n. Refinement; affectation.

Etymologies

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picked +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Of her one had the impression that if she lay down on her back she could not roll over without the aid of block-and-tackle; of Ahuna one's impression was that the tooth - pickedness of him would shatter to splinters if one bumped into him.

    Shin-Bones

  • -- There is nothing valiant or solid to be hoped for from such as are always kempt and perfumed, and every day smell of the tailor; the exceedingly curious that are wholly in mending such an imperfection in the face, in taking away the morphew in the neck, or bleaching their hands at midnight, gumming and bridling their beards, or making the waist small, binding it with hoops, while the mind runs at waste; too much pickedness is not manly.

    Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter and Some Poems

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