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

Definition of pernickety

chiefly British

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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, "On Nigella Lawson's Pronunciation of "Microwave" and the Curse of Literal Interpretation," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pernickety

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pernickety

origin unknown

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The first known use of pernickety was circa 1808

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“Pernickety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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