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[per-nik-i-tee] /pərˈnɪk ɪ ti/
Origin of pernickety
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pernickety
  • Scientists tend to get pernickety about putting all these things together.
  • The pernickety, timeless, relentless nature of the accession process is the whole point.
British Dictionary definitions for pernickety


adjective (informal)
excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
(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 pernickety

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for pernickety



Overfastidious; finical; fussy

[first form 1905+, second 1814+; fr Scots dialect]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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