adjectiveNorth American informal
1Placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy: persnickety gardeners she’s very persnickety about her food
More example sentences
- And while she could occasionally be persnickety about certain things, she didn't need Dante telling her that.
- Trailing fuchsias are especially persnickety about their environment.
- The only cultural feature they are persnickety about is well-drained soil.
Early 19th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.
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