nit·​pick | \ ˈnit-ˌpik How to pronounce nitpick (audio) \
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 How to pronounce nitpick (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The McNicholas' seniors can nitpick Friday's performance ahead of the Eaton showdown. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 6 Nov. 2021 When being vulnerable is too painful, people might nitpick and criticize to keep others at a distance, Hewitt said. Gail Cornwall, The Atlantic, 19 July 2021 Try not to nitpick other people over insignificant details or mistakes, because being able to live and let live will be much more peaceful for everyone involved. Tarot Astrologers,, 27 June 2021 Senate Republicans found other reasons to nitpick the deal that Katko had struck, too, in order to publicly justify their opposition. Ryan Nobles, CNN, 21 May 2021 In a year with no clear favorite like in past year's with Sabrina Ionescu — although many believe Bueckers is a favorite for many of them — Robinson said the voters then tend to nitpick the contenders' strengths and weaknesses. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2021 My mom would nitpick everything about me, from my hair to my etiquette. Bon Appétit, 14 May 2021 One of the only Rangers making a difference is Adolis Garcia (22:52), yet the guys nitpick him. Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 The love/not-so-much-love relationship between Ballard High School boys basketball coach Chris Renner and Keno Hayden has been a running joke all season, but there was little reason to nitpick about the emerging junior’s play Wednesday night. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Nitpick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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