Definition of Pernickety

1. Adjective. Characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details. "A persnickety school teacher"

Exact synonyms: Persnickety
Similar to: Fastidious



Definition of Pernickety

1. Adjective. (chiefly British) Fussy; paying undue attention to minor details; fastidious ¹

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Definition of Pernickety

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pernickety

pernicion
pernicions
perniciosiform
pernicious
pernicious anaemia
pernicious anaemia type rubriblast
pernicious anemia
pernicious anemias
pernicious anæmia
pernicious malaria
pernicious vomiting
perniciously
perniciousness
pernicity
pernicketiness
pernickety (current term)
pernio
perniones
pernios
pernioses
perniosis
pernoctation
pernoctations
pernods
pernor
pernors
pernot furnace
perns
pernt
pernts

Literary usage of Pernickety

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1. The Scottish Poets Recent and Living by Alexander G. Murdoch (1883)
"She dusts and cleans the hale day lang, An' aye fin's oot there's something wrang; The chairs an' me aboot are dang Because she's sae pernickety. ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"perquisite recent use, persnickety is more common than per‘ty in the United States; pernickety does have some rican use, and it is the only form used in ..."

3. The True Story of My Life: An Autobiography by Alice M. Diehl, Novelist by Alice Mangold Diehl (1908)
"People possessed of genius are always more or less " pernickety. ... But some are merely "pernickety" on the surface, which hurts no one, if it irritates. ..."

4. The Nantucket Scrap Basket: Being a Collection of Characteristic Stories and by Sons and Daughters of Nantucket (1916)
""pernickety"—When a Nantucket person calls another pernickety, it strikes an outsider as provincial or even as if the word might have been coined for the ..."

5. Dialect Notes by American Dialect Society (1890)
"For this read pernickety. pope-night (p. 18). " I saw the Gunpowder Plot celebrated by a 'bone- fire '1 at Norwich, Conn., in 1844. ..."

6. The Book of Daniel Drew: A Glimpse of the Fisk-Gould-Tweed Régime from the by Bouck White (1910)
"And then, too, the city fathers these days are getting so pernickety. You remember the market used to be ... And now they're getting more pernickety still. ..."

7. The Chippendales by Robert Grant (1909)
""He may be a little pernickety at times, but that's infinitely better in the long run than being fast." Just at this moment Lora began to sing again, ..."

8. Sessional Papers by Ontario Legislative Assembly (1900)
"There are some plants that are just as pernickety as pernickety can be, but you must understand their ..."

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