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[nit-ee] /ˈnɪt i/
adjective, nittier, nittiest.
full of nits.
1560-70; nit1 + -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nitty
  • Getting to the nitty gritty and going to a expert on frozen microbes is not going to help.
  • And he needs to abandon the rhetorical high ground for the nitty-gritty of policy.
  • To get at the nitty gritty it is necessary to dive into molecular biology.
  • His algorithms are good at the nitty-gritty of generating completely novel protein sequences for a particular purpose.
  • In mice, a series of new studies has finally begun to get down to the nitty gritty of probiotic success and failure.
  • Twice have drowned, thrice let knives rake my nitty-gritty.
  • It's time for a second report on the nitty-gritty of my frugal budget.
British Dictionary definitions for nitty


adjective -tier, -tiest
infested with nits


adjective -tier, -tiest
(informal) foolish; stupid
Word Origin
C20: from nitwit
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Word Origin and History for nitty

"full of nits," 1560s, from nit + -y (2).

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