verb Etymology: back-formation from nit-picking Date: 1966 intransitive verb to engage in nit-picking transitive verb to criticize by nit-picking • nitpick nounnitpicker nounnitpicky adjective

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  • nitpick — (v.) seek petty faults, also nit pick, 1962, back formation from earlier NITPICKER (Cf. nitpicker). Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky …   Etymology dictionary

  • nitpick — ☆ nitpick [nit′pik΄ ] vi., vt. [back form. < NIT PICKING] to find fault with (someone or something) in a manner that is finicky or petty nit picker n …   English World dictionary

  • nitpick — verb /ˈnɪt.pɪk/ a) To correct minutiae or find fault in unimportant details; to kvetch. Someone will invariably nitpick about any spelling error posted to the forums. b) To pick nits lice eggs from someone’s hair. Watch the mother gorrilla… …   Wiktionary

  • nitpick — v. (colloq.) (D; intr.) to nitpick at * * * (colloq.) (D; intr.) to nitpick at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • nitpick — UK [ˈnɪtˌpɪk] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms nitpick : present tense I/you/we/they nitpick he/she/it nitpicks present participle nitpicking past tense nitpicked past participle nitpicked to criticize small unimportant details of… …   English dictionary

  • nitpick — verb be overly critical; criticize minor details • Derivationally related forms: ↑nitpicker • Hypernyms: ↑knock, ↑criticize, ↑criticise, ↑pick apart • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • nitpick — find unfinished details, see flaws or small errors    Deborah can find the errors. She likes to nitpick …   English idioms

  • nitpick — /nit pik /, v.i. 1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details. v.t. 2. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details. n. 3. a carping, petty criticism. adj. 4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a… …   Universalium

  • nitpick — Synonyms and related words: around the bush, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, carp, catch at straws, cavil, choplogic, cut up, dodge, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fault find, fence, find fault, hedge, mystify, obscure, palter …   Moby Thesaurus

  • nitpick — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. find fault, carp, quibble, catch at straws, split hairs. See falsehood. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To raise unnecessary or trivial objections: carp, cavil, niggle, pettifog, quibble. Idiom:… …   English dictionary for students

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