There are 2 definitions of nit in English:


Syllabification: nit


The egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect, especially the egg of a head louse attached to a human hair.
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  • Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the skin's surface, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch.
  • If you do not want to use these products, you have to pick the lice and nits out of the hair by hand or use a special comb to remove them.
  • For an effective treatment for nits and hair lice, soak at least 20 seeds for an hour in warm water.


Old English hnitu; related to Dutch neet and German Nisse.


pick nits

chiefly North American Look for and criticize small or insignificant faults or errors; nitpick.
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  • And while I'm picking nits, I must add my opinion of Furst's female characters.
  • But these ideas would require a boldness and ingenuity that cannot come from candidates shackled to the very interests that profit from today's regressive tax policies, leaving the candidates to think small and pick nits.
  • Not to pick nits, but the phrase, ‘Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness’, is from the New Testament.



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  • Logically enough, the movie tackles the Powerpuff origins, the nitty details of how they came to be and how their superhero-ness was forged.
  • Then there were the little nitty things: doing my own computer support.
  • Most of the story is the trial and all the boring nitty details therein - the only bright spot is the freakish D.A.

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Word of the day dinkum
Pronunciation: ˈdiNGkəm
(of an article or person) genuine

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Australian informal
Used as a warning that someone is approaching.


late 19th century: probably from nix3.


keep nit

Keep watch or act as a guard.

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