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

Synonyms for nitpick


carp, cavil, fuss, niggle, 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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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 Allowing someone to anonymously nitpick the work Wu has done to advocate for representation in film is particularly egregious. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Crazy Rich Asians cast was criticized for not wearing Asian designers to their premiere. That’s ridiculous.," 10 Aug. 2018 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,, "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., "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,, "2018 NBA Draft: Miles Bridges Scouting Report and Highlights," 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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