nit-picking

noun
nit-pick·ing | \ˈnit-ˌpi-kiŋ \

Definition of nit-picking 

: minute and usually unjustified criticism

First Known Use of nit-picking

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nit-picking

nit entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nit-picking

Share nit-picking

Dictionary Entries near nit-picking

nito

niton

nitpick

nit-picking

nitr-

Nitra

nitramide

Statistics for nit-picking

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nit-picking

The first known use of nit-picking was in 1951

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on nit-picking

See words that rhyme with nit-picking

Comments on nit-picking

What made you want to look up nit-picking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!