Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An uncontrollable impulse to pick at a spot or growth on one's body; the habit of picking at scabs, biting one's nails, or picking pimples.
  • n. The constant preoccupation with some external part of the body, as plucking the beard, pulling the lobe of the ear, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An uncontrollable habit of picking at loose bits of skin, warts, hangnails, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.