per·​nick·​e·​ty pər-ˈni-kə-tē How to pronounce pernickety (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of pernickety in a Sentence

an Oxford don who's definitely a pernickety old chap
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps this pernickety attention to detail is just the next logical step after years of falsification? Raven Smith, Vogue, 9 Dec. 2020

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pernickety was circa 1808

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“Pernickety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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