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a. Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious.
b. Snobbish; pretentious.
2. Requiring strict attention to detail; demanding: a persnickety job.

[Alteration of pernickety.]

per·snick′e·ti·ness n.


the US word for pernickety


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.persnickety - (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogantpersnickety - (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant; "a snotty little scion of a degenerate family"-Laurent Le Sage; "they're snobs--stuck-up and uppity and persnickety"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
2.persnickety - 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"




adj (US inf) → pingelig (inf); (= tricky, delicate) work, pointheikel
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