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v. nit·picked, nit·pick·ing, nit·picks
To be concerned with or find fault with insignificant details. See Synonyms at quibble.
To criticize or find fault with (someone or something) in a petty way.

nit′pick′er n.
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Noun1.nitpicker - someone who makes small and unjustified criticisms
critic - someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments


A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully:
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Although he sees himself as analytical, his peers describe him as a nitpicker.
But it looks so good you don't really care about the clatter unless you're an avid nitpicker, like our dear photographer.
Nitpicker COLE FRASER, Litherland I'M really looking forward to getting back to Goodison, and seeing us back in action this weekend, after the international break.
For these nit-picking details, you need a king-hell nitpicker.
It would certainly attract people's attention, but fortunately I was the only one there, even though it is a busy street--that's right, another adjustment, but don't be a nitpicker, everything is still within the bounds of probability.
Only a mean-spirited nitpicker would draw public attention to unimportant or isolated textbook errors.
So what is a backroom nitpicker in this business of professional book production to do, when an author six thousand sea miles away from her own honky-tonk language reservoir corrects "Robin Island" to "Robbin Island" and our overlords of standards take that as veridical?
The ad sounds convincing -- but perhaps being a word nitpicker, the Sun does now' might not mean much if Sun has drastically cut back due to plummeting sales," Rich Partridge, an analyst at Ideas International Ltd.
a nitpicker, (5) as a weaver of hypotheticals, (6) as a bold cutter of
What is the shortest route for Arthur to walk in order to ask Mr Nitpicker for a hall pass?
As a copy editor, I appreciate the occasional funny head, but that's not what I strive for--especially not the obvious pun," says Renee, a "self-professed grammar and usage nitpicker.
She got a transfer to the copy desk, where she is able to indulge her interest in foreign news and has enjoyed being a nitpicker.