Definition of pernickety in English:



  • 1Placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy.

    ‘she's very pernickety about her food’
    • ‘Needless to say, there were a few of my pernickety readers who were quick to point out the folly of my ways.’
    • ‘This is especially important for veggie or fussy diners who are pernickety about kitchen hygiene or the authenticity of their dishes.’
    • ‘I thought he was just being pernickety, but I'll not argue in future.’
    • ‘But it's a pernickety view for a dating agency to take.’
    • ‘This is partly due to the demands of an increasingly pernickety international audience ‘who get easily bored.’’
    • ‘She is no longer pernickety about her house and her possessions.’
    • ‘That was how pernickety she was when it came to driving.’
    • ‘I do not wish to seem unduly pernickety but the point may have some relevance in future cases.’
    • ‘At last, those of us who are pernickety about our food can come out of the closet.’
    • ‘But is a rescue really the time and place to become pernickety?’
    fussy, difficult to please, difficult, finicky, over-fastidious, fastidious, over-particular, particular, faddish, finical, dainty, punctilious, hair-splitting, exacting, demanding, critical, overcritical
    nitpicking, choosy, picky
    nice, overnice
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    1. 1.1Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach.
      ‘the system does not encourage additional enquiries on detailed and pernickety points’
      • ‘He assessed his questions with pernickety deliberation before replying.’
      attentive, conscientious, painstaking, meticulous, diligent, assiduous, sedulous, scrupulous, punctilious, fastidious, methodical, orderly, deliberate, judicious, perfectionist
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Early 19th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.