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[ nit-pik ]
See synonyms for: nitpicknitpicking on

verb (used without object)
  1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.

verb (used with object)
  1. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.

  1. a carping, petty criticism.

  1. Also nit·pick·y . of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who nitpicks: a nitpick review of the miniseries.

Origin of nitpick

First recorded in 1965–70; nit1 + pick1

Words Nearby nitpick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nitpick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nit-pick


  1. informal to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details

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