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Jun 22, 2010
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weathercock
persnickety
nescient
bromidic
esurient

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persnickety

PRONUNCIATION:
(puhr-SNIK-i-tee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Fussy about minor details.
2. Snobbish.
3. Requiring keen attention to detail, as a job.

ETYMOLOGY:
Variant of pernickety (the spelling still used in the UK). Of unknown origin.

USAGE:
"My father and I are both persnickety. We don't like noise in the kitchen, and a few grains of salt on a tablecloth make us shiver."
Cedric Vongerichten; Le Fils; New York Magazine; Sep 20, 2009.

"And what will the filmmakers eventually get for more than 12 hours of painstaking persnickety work?"
Tina Maples; "Dillinger: Gangsters Hit the Library For a Long Shoot; Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); May 28, 1990.

See more usage examples of persnickety in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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