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pernickety

[ per-nik-i-tee ]
/ pərˈnɪk ɪ ti /
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adjective

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Origin of pernickety

1800–10; originally 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

OTHER WORDS FROM pernickety

per·nick·et·i·ness, noun
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How to use pernickety in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pernickety

pernickety

US persnickety

/ (pəˈnɪkɪtɪ) /

adjective informal

excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
(of a task) requiring close attention; exacting

Derived forms of pernickety

pernicketiness or US persnicketiness, noun

Word Origin for pernickety

C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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