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persnickety

[per-snik-i-tee] /pərˈsnɪk ɪ ti/
adjective, Informal.
1.
overparticular; fussy.
2.
snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
3.
requiring painstaking care.
Also, pernickety.
Origin of persnickety
1885-1890
1885-90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety
Related forms
persnicketiness, noun
Synonyms
1. nitpicking, finicky.
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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

persnickety

/pəˈsnɪkɪtɪ/
adjective
1.
the US word for pernickety
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Word Origin and History for persnickety
adj.

1889, alteration of pernickety (q.v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for persnickety

persnickety

adjective

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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