nitpick

verb nit·pick \ ˈnit-ˌpik \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of nitpick

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

nitpick

noun

nitpicker

noun

nitpicky

play \ˈnit-ˌpi-kē\ adjective

Examples of nitpick in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of nitpick

back-formation from nit-picking

nitpick Synonyms

Synonyms

carp, cavil, fuss, quibble;

Phrases

split hairs;



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