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persnickety

[per-snik-i-tee]
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adjective Informal.
  1. overparticular; fussy.
  2. snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
  3. requiring painstaking care.
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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.
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carefulchoosyfastidiousfinickynicepicky

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British Dictionary definitions for persnickety

persnickety

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

adj.

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

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