persnickety

[ per-snik-i-tee ]
/ pərˈsnɪk ɪ ti /

adjective Informal.

overparticular; fussy.
snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
requiring painstaking care.

Origin of persnickety

1885–90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety
SYNONYMS FOR persnickety
1 nitpicking, finicky.
Related formsper·snick·et·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for persnickety

persnickety

/ (pəˈsnɪkɪtɪ) /

adjective

the US word for pernickety
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Word Origin and History for persnickety

persnickety


adj.

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

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