[per-nik-i-tee] /pərˈnɪk ɪ ti/

adjective (informal)
excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy
(of a task) requiring close attention; exacting

1808 (pernicktie, in Jamieson), “precise, fastidious,” extended form of Scottish pernicky, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular.


Overfastidious; finical; fussy

[first form 1905+, second 1814+; fr Scots dialect]


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