Definition of persnickety in English:


Syllabification: per·snick·et·y
Pronunciation: /pərˈsnikətē


North American informal
  • 1Placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy: persnickety gardeners she’s very persnickety about her food
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    • 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.
  • 1.1Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach: it’s hard to find a film more persnickety and difficult to use than black-and-white infrared
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    • This persnickety approach is forcing some companies to shape up.


early 19th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.

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