[ nit-pik ]
/ ˈnɪtˌpɪk /
verb (used without object)
to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
verb (used with object)
to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
a carping, petty criticism.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.
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Origin of nitpick
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informal to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details
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"seek petty faults," also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.
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