[ per-nik-i-tee ]
/ pərˈnɪk ɪ ti /


Origin of pernickety

1800–10; orig. Scots; of uncertain origin; the prefix per- occurs in a number of other expressive words in Scots, e.g. pergaddus thump, clatter, perskeet fastidious, perjink trim, neat
Related formsper·nick·et·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pernickety


US persnickety

/ (pəˈnɪkɪtɪ) /

adjective informal

excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
(of a task) requiring close attention; exacting
Derived Formspernicketiness or US persnicketiness, noun

Word Origin for pernickety

C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pernickety



1808 (pernicktie, in Jamieson), "precise, fastidious," extended form of Scottish pernicky, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular.

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