• synonyms


cavil, carp, quibble

Nearby words

nither, nitid, nitidity, nitinol, niton, nitpick, nitpicker, nitpicking, nitr-, nitra, nitralloy

Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nitpick

  • People can nitpick ... but we were going for something a bit more shapeless and ethereal than the usual biopic.

    ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’: Penn Badgley on Playing Late Musician Jeff Buckley|Richard Porton|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • The identical twins who sued Zuckerberg critique and nitpick The Social Network.

    Social Network Reading List|The Daily Beast|October 2, 2010|DAILY BEAST

Word Origin and History for nitpick



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper