hairsplitter

noun
hair·​split·​ter | \ ˈher-ˌspli-tər How to pronounce hairsplitter (audio) \

Definition of hairsplitter

: one that makes excessively fine distinctions in reasoning

Other Words from hairsplitter

hairsplitting \ ˈher-​ˌspli-​tiŋ How to pronounce hairsplitting (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of hairsplitter

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hairsplitter was in 1849

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“Hairsplitter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairsplitter. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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hairsplitter

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of hairsplitter

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

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