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verb (used without object)
  1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
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  1. a carping, petty criticism.
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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.
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Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1
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Related Words

squabble, bicker, carp, waffle, spar, wrangle, excoriate, chastise, denounce, chide, blame, censure, castigate, reprimand, blast, condemn, cavil, criticize, pettifog, fence

British Dictionary definitions for nit-pick


verb (intr)
  1. informal to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details
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Word Origin and History for nit-pick



"seek petty faults," also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.

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