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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Scottish English


Overly concerned with minor details


Finicky or very particular


Requiring very precise or careful attention

Examples of Persnickety in a sentence

"He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized."

"Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines."

About Persnickety

There's a whole market for professionally persnickety people. Look no further than the recent popularity of Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" for evidence.

Did you Know?

Persnickety has recently undergone an elongation. It comes from the word pernickety, thought to be of Scottish origin, which means the same thing.

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