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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fi-ness]
    • /fɪˈnɛss/
    • /fɪˈnes/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fi-ness]
    • /fɪˈnɛss/

Definitions of finessing word

  • noun finessing extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc. 1
  • noun finessing skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management: exceptional diplomatic finesse. 1
  • noun finessing a trick, artifice, or stratagem. 1
  • noun finessing Bridge, Whist. an attempt to win a trick with a card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, in the hope that the card or cards between will not be played. 1
  • verb without object finessing to use finesse or artifice. 1
  • verb without object finessing to make a finesse at cards. 1

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Origin of finessing

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English: degree of excellence or purity < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fīnitia. See fine1, -ice

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Parts of speech for Finessing


finessing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

finessing usage trend in Literature

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