Simple Definition of persnickety
: giving a lot of attention to details that are minor or not important
Examples of persnickety
<as she got older, she got more and more persnickety>
<lacked the patience to deal with such persnickety tasks as hanging wallpaper>
Origin of persnickety
alteration of pernickety
First Known Use: 1915
Rhymes with persnickety
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