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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Example sentences
He was not persnickety about his beaches, though he preferred those on the
  ocean.
The bankers, persnickety folks that they were, required that buyers demonstrate
  sufficient income to qualify for a mortgage.
How to get persnickety enzymes to do all those things that.
The other consists of regional supermarkets that quietly satisfy persnickety
  tastes with mellow prices.
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