pernickety


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per·nick·e·ty

 (pər-nĭk′ĭ-tē)
adj.
Persnickety.

[Origin unknown.]
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pernickety

(pəˈnɪkɪtɪ) or

persnickety

adj
1. excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
2. (of a task) requiring close attention; exacting
[C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]
perˈnicketiness, perˈsnicketiness n
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per•snick•et•y

(pərˈsnɪk ɪ ti)

also pernickety



adj. Informal.
1. excessively particular; fussy.
2. requiring painstaking care.
[1885–90; orig. Scots, variant of pernickety]
per•snick′et•i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pernickety - characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details; "a persnickety job"; "a persnickety school teacher"
fastidious - giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"
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pernickety

adjective (Informal) fussy, particular, careful, exacting, carping, painstaking, fastidious, picky (informal), nit-picking (informal), finicky, punctilious, anal retentive, difficult to please, hairsplitting, overprecise He's very pernickety about neatness.
fussy slack, careless, sloppy, lax, haphazard, uncritical, slapdash, heedless, slipshod, inattentive, easy to please
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Translations

pernickety

[pəˈnɪkɪtɪ] ADJ [person] → quisquilloso, remilgado; [task] → delicado
she's pernickety about foodes exigente para la comida
he's terribly pernickety about punctualitytiene la manía de la puntualidad
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pernickety

[pərˈnɪkəti] adj
[person] → pointilleux/euse, tatillon(ne)
[task] → minutieux/euse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pernickety

adj (inf)pingelig (inf); (= tricky, delicate) work, pointheikel
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pernickety

[pəˈnɪkətɪ] adj (fam) (person) → pignolo/a (000) (job) → da certosino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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