[ 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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Example sentences from the Web for nit-picking
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Even after logging countless hours nit-picking her work, there is no one I'd rather spend time with.
British Dictionary definitions for nit-picking
/ informal /
a concern with insignificant details, esp with the intention of finding fault
showing such a concern; fussy
Derived forms of nit-pickingnit-picker, noun
Word Origin for nit-picking
C20: from nit 1 + pick 1
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