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nitpicking

Syllabification: nit·pick·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈnitˌpikiNG
 
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informal

Definition of nitpicking in English:

adjective

Looking for small or unimportant errors or faults, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily: a nitpicking legalistic exercise
More example sentences
  • If, occasionally, his run-on sentences tax your patience and his scrupulous accuracy verges on pedantic, nit-picking neurosis, you never feel like giving up on him - he's too exhilarating.
  • The message is: it's a free country, and an Englishman's home is his castle - just as long as you don't happen to live under the ridiculous and nit-picking rules of a Residents' Association.
  • People are that much harsher with new writers, as though they cannot tell the difference between constructive criticism and plain old nit-picking.

noun

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Fussy fault-finding: nitpicking over tiny details

Derivatives

nitpick

1
verb
Example sentences
  • The movie makes people talk and no matter how much the press nit-picks at it I think the audience does realize that this movie, like most documentaries, is made to make you think and ask why and this movie does that very well.
  • But I also think that women should work how they wish to work, and some of the guys (although certainly not all of them) can be very quick to nit-pick at women who don't do things exactly as said guys think they should.
  • I could probably nit-pick at least six comma problems, the missing apostrophe, and some other small stuff.

nitpicker

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌpikər/
noun
Example sentences
  • For those nit-pickers out there, yes, the album wasn't released in 2004-in fact, disk one was actually released in 2001.
  • As this column and other nit-pickers have noted before, terrorism is a squishy concept.
  • It's just that case-hardened nit-pickers like me can't help noticing these things.

nitpicky

3
adjective
Example sentences
  • There are also a few nitpicky reasons why I hate the class.
  • To be a bit nitpicky, the timing was slightly off throughout our meal.
  • This is where the censorship people would have to get nit picky.

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