- to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
- to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
- a carping, petty criticism.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.
Origin of nitpick
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Examples from the Web for nitpicking
Or find a nitpicking way to avoid making any decision until some more states have acted on their own?The Supreme Court Opens the Door to a Landmark Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
December 8, 2012
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.Britain Gets Its Groove Back
September 16, 2012
In any case, this is nitpicking, and, ironically, Klingman does the same thing in his essay.The Times Bungles Watergate
John W. Dean
February 4, 2009
Word Origin and History for nitpicking
"seek petty faults," also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper