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pernickety

[per-nik-i-tee] /pərˈnɪk ɪ ti/
adjective
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; orig. Scots; of uncertain origin; the prefix per- occurs in a number of other expressive words in Scots, e.g. pergaddus thump, clatter, perskeet fastidious, perjink trim, neat
Related forms
pernicketiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pernicketiness

pernickety

/pəˈnɪkɪtɪ/
adjective (informal)
1.
excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
2.
(of a task) requiring close attention; exacting
Derived Forms
pernicketiness, (US) persnicketiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pernicketiness

pernickety

adj.

1808 (pernicktie, in Jamieson), "precise, fastidious," extended form of Scottish pernicky, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular.

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