hairsplitter

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noun hair·split·ter \ˈher-ˌspli-tər\

Definition of hairsplitter

  1. :  one that makes excessively fine distinctions in reasoning

hairsplitting

play \ˈher-ˌspli-tiŋ\ adjective or noun

1849

First Known Use of hairsplitter

1849


HAIRSPLITTER Defined for English Language Learners

hairsplitter

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noun hair·split·ter \ˈher-ˌspli-tər\

Definition of hairsplitter for English Language Learners

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

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