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 nitpicky (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 Debating whether the number of Americans forced into bankruptcy by medical debt is 500,000 or some other figure is nitpicking, and woefully beside the point. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medical bankruptcy is an American scandal — and that’s not debatable," 4 Sep. 2019 Having an array of humanity on display in fashion, fitness and entertainment shouldn’t be hated, protested and nitpicked to death. Danielle Young, Essence, "Why Is Body Positivity So Negative?," 23 Aug. 2019 While Flores has nitpicked Rosen’s shortcomings through two preseason games, Fitzpatrick should earn his fair share of criticism following his performance against the Jaguars. Safid Deen,, "Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles mightily vs. Jaguars, forcing Brian Flores to re-evaluate Dolphins’ starting quarterback job," 23 Aug. 2019 One of the most pointless exercises beloved of our policymakers is nitpicking at a novel proposal in its earliest stages, as though the details are vastly more important than the concept. Michael Hiltzik,, "How much would Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax raise? Economists battle over the number," 26 June 2019 And as fans, media as well as his own coaches have reminded him since January, there is plenty for Tagovailoa to nitpick. Rainer Sabin |,, "Why Tua Tagovailoa feels ‘glad’ he experienced Clemson loss," 17 July 2019 For France in the group stage, that nitpicking offered a reprieve. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Video Assistant Referee Technology Grinds the Women’s World Cup to a Halt," 25 June 2019 It’s hard to nitpick a homestand that included a franchise-record four walk-off wins. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: How much would it cost the Rockies to trade for Marcus Stroman?," 3 June 2019 The talent is there, but scouts have long nitpicked his defensive approach and playmaking skills, neither of which has ever been considered a strength. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 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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