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Origin of persnickety

1885–90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety
Related formsper·snick·et·i·ness, noun

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1. nitpicking, finicky. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for persnickety

careful, choosy, fastidious, finicky, nice, picky

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  1. the US word for pernickety
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Word Origin and History for persnickety

1889, alteration of pernickety (q.v.).

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