- overparticular; fussy.
- snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
- requiring painstaking care.
Origin of persnickety
1885–90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety
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1. nitpicking, finicky.
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- 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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