Nearby words

  1. nither,
  2. nitid,
  3. nitidity,
  4. nitinol,
  5. niton,
  6. nitpicker,
  7. nitpicking,
  8. nitr-,
  9. nitra,
  10. nitralloy

Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1

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British Dictionary definitions for nit-pick

nit-pick

verb (intr)

informal to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details
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Word Origin and History for nit-pick

nitpick

v.

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

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