persnicketiness

persnickety

[per-snik-i-tee]
adjective Informal.
1.
overparticular; fussy.
2.
snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
3.
requiring painstaking care.
Also, pernickety.


Origin:
1885–90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety

persnicketiness, noun


1. nitpicking, finicky.
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pernickety or persnickety (pəˈnɪkɪtɪ)
 
adj
1.  excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
2.  (of a task) requiring close attention; exacting
 
[C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]
 
persnickety or persnickety
 
adj
 
[C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]
 
per'nicketiness or persnickety
 
n
 
per'snicketiness or persnickety
 
n

persnickety (pəˈsnɪkɪtɪ)
 
adj
the US word for pernickety

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persnickety
1905, alteration of pernickety (q.v.).
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