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Definition of "persnickety" [per•snick•et•y]

  • Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious. (adjective)
  • Snobbish; pretentious. (adjective)
  • Requiring strict attention to detail; demanding: a persnickety job. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "persnickety" in a sentence
  • "You are the first person to use the word persnickety that I have ever encountered – Way To GO! good word"
  • ""To be polite, I'd call her persnickety," he told me."
  • "Sales are too complicated in Manhattan because there are many other factors involved in a sale, such as persnickety co-op boards or new development condos that prefer cash buyers at first."
Words like "persnickety"
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