An example of scrutiny is a parent asking a ton of questions about the "study group" you're going to on a Friday night.
Origin of scrutiny
- Middle English scrutinie taking of a formal vote from Latin scrūtinium inquiry, search from scrūtārī to search, examine from scrūta trash
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrÅ«tinium (“a search, an inquiry"), from Vulgar Latin scrÅ«tÄrÄ« (“to search or examine thoroughly"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrÅ«ta (“rubbish, broken trash"); or of Germanic origin, related to Old English scrÅ«tnung (“examination, investigation, inquiry, search"), from Old English scrÅ«tnian, scrÅ«dnian (“to examine carefully, scrutinize, consider, investigate"), from Proto-Germanic *skrudÅnÄ…, *skruÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“to search, examine"), from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruÃ¾- (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut- (“to cut"). Compare Old High German skrodÅn, scrutÅn, scrutilÅn (“to research, explore"), Old High German scrod (“a search, scrutiny"), Gothic [script?] (andhruskan, “to investigate, explore"), Old English scrÄ“adian (“to shred, cut up, cut off, peel, pare, prune"). More at shred.