hairsplitter

noun hair·split·ter \ ˈher-ˌspli-tər \

Definition of hairsplitter

: one that makes excessively fine distinctions in reasoning

hairsplitting

play \ˈher-ˌspli-tiŋ\ adjective or noun

First Known Use of hairsplitter

1849

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Definition of hairsplitter for English Language Learners

  • : a person who argues about differences that are too small to be important


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