A persnickety wife giving painting instructions to her husband.
An example of a persnickety person is someone who obsesses over insignificant details of a project.
- too particular or precise; fastidious; fussy
- showing or requiring extremely careful treatment
Origin of persnicketyfrom pernickety from Scottish dialect, dialectal , altered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps pertickie, child's term for particular
- a. Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious.b. Snobbish; pretentious.
- Requiring strict attention to detail; demanding: a persnickety job.
Origin of persnicketyAlteration of pernickety
(comparative more persnickety, superlative most persnickety)
Alteration of pernickety