Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1
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British Dictionary definitions for nit-picking



a concern with insignificant details, esp with the intention of finding fault


showing such a concern; fussy
Derived Formsnit-picker, noun

Word Origin for nit-picking

C20: from nit 1 + pick 1
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Word Origin and History for nit-picking



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

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