nitpick

verb
nit·pick | \ˈnit-ˌpik \
nitpicked; nitpicking; nitpicks

Definition of nitpick 

intransitive verb

: to engage in nit-picking

transitive verb

: to criticize by nit-picking … warns her lawyers not to nitpick on relatively simple matters.— Deborah L. Jacobs

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Other Words from nitpick

nitpick noun
nitpicker noun
nitpicky \ˈnit-ˌpi-kē \ adjective

Synonyms for nitpick

Synonyms

carp, cavil, fuss, quibble

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Examples of nitpick in a Sentence

her husband nitpicks about everything: from how she puts the plates away to how she files the bills

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There are plenty of reasons to nitpick England, but the British tabloids have that covered. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Why you shouldn't root for these countries in the 2018 World Cup," 12 June 2018 Darnold had issues with turnovers, and some observers began to nitpick his throwing delivery. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "Winners and losers from the NFL draft's first round: AFC East comes out firing," 27 Apr. 2018 This is nitpicking because Kiper correctly predicted that Stafford, Freeman and Sanchez would be the three first-round QBs. cleveland.com, "NFL Draft 2018: What is Mel Kiper Jr.'s track record with first-round QBs?," 24 Apr. 2018 Although scouts, media and fans began to nitpick his game, Bridges posted another successful campaign as a powerful tweener forward with a reliable three-point stroke. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Miles Bridges Scouting Report and Highlights," 18 June 2018 There are still plenty of Republicans who say they aren't interested in nitpicking Pruitt. Lauren Fox, CNN, "Anxiety about EPA administrator under fire, but little action on Capitol Hill," 7 June 2018 Early on, Hussein’s players helped sample fabrics and hijab prototypes at school, improving and nitpicking to get just the right breathable, flexible, but sturdy materials. Ruqaya Izzidien, Outside Online, "Fatimah Hussein Is America's Sports Hijab Pioneer," 6 June 2018 To nitpick, Harden’s general reticence was somewhat concerning. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Chris Paul's Conference Finals Elephant Has Left the Room," 8 May 2018 Within that seventh inning came another opportunity to nitpick at the Rangers' bullpen management. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Profar, Hamels plead guilty for Rangers' loss to Red Sox | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of nitpick

1956, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for nitpick

back-formation from nit-picking

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nit-picking

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