American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Persnickety.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of persons,precise in trifles; fastidious; fussily particular, especially in dress or about trifles.
- Of things, requiring minute attention or painstaking labor; characterized by petty details.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. colloq. Finical or fussy; full of petty details.
- adj. characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Personally, I could care less about persnickety or "pernickety" if you're Scottish, fruitless articles that discuss TV ratings or predictable comparisons to tired shows.”
“She poked fun at Wimbledon in her Twitter account by questioning the 'pernickety' attitude supposedly introduced this year.”
“And they adjust alarmingly quickly to life improvements: one minute, you're happy to have made it from youth hostel to hotel; the next, you're getting pernickety about the thread count of the sheets.”
“The ferocity and full-throatedness of Thom Southerland's pent-in, close-up, unfussy production, in which everyone is true and Alastair Brookshaw as the pernickety desolate victim is outstanding, means that the small Southwark Playhouse, which earlier this year had a runaway hit with the dynamic Tender Napalm, has now hosted one of the musical events of the year.”
“This is general Euro-pernickety policy, people, not HumanRights Fail, although perish the thought that I should stand in the way of a good lynching.”
“Also, I think gamers can be a rather stubborn, pernickety bunch, but if a game is good then I believe it will find a place within the heart of even the most ardent traditionalist.”
“I've been lazily chucking in ordinary butter up until now, but I give the clarified stuff a try, and even strain it in, in obedience to Michel Roux Jr's particularly pernickety method.”
“But the United States Golf Association is pernickety about these things, so here are the bare facts.”
“I think you'd have to be really pernickety to value any of the tweaks this program offers. just_laze”
“Schorr could be stubborn and pernickety, but he cherished a fierce integrity.”
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