Adjective "nitpicking" definition and examples

(Nitpicking may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈnɪtpɪkɪŋ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

Fussy or pedantic fault-finding.
  1. as modifier 'a nitpicking legalistic exercise'
  2. 'If, occasionally, his run-on sentences tax your patience and his scrupulous accuracy verges on pedantic, nit-picking neurosis, you never feel like giving up on him - he's too exhilarating.'
  3. 'The message is: it's a free country, and an Englishman's home is his castle - just as long as you don't happen to live under the ridiculous and nit-picking rules of a Residents' Association.'
  4. 'I hate that sort of nit-picking negativity about the smallest of events.'
  5. 'It is time to show genuine, overarching political support for what Washington is trying to achieve in Iraq and the broader Middle East, without petty, nit-picking reservations.'
  6. 'Occasionally, however, planners become so bound up in their own highly regulated world that they indulge in the sort of bureaucratic nit-picking that demeans their professional name.'
  7. 'People are that much harsher with new writers, as though they cannot tell the difference between constructive criticism and plain old nit-picking.'
  8. 'They are also completely missing the point with their penny-pinching and nit-picking and succeed only in making themselves appear ridiculous.'
  9. 'Day after day we're treated to an over-long British news sequence covering the ‘events’ of the preceding twenty-four hours on the campaign trail, and nit-picking over the meaning of the latest polls.'
  10. 'It may therefore seem like philosophical nit-picking if I criticise some of his arguments for getting to those conclusions.'
  11. 'I might be guilty of nit-picking there, but read the final paragraph, which comes close to a rational conclusion, then veers wildly.'

More definitions

1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details. verb (used with object)

2. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details. noun

3. a carping, petty criticism. adjective

4. of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.

More examples(as adjective)

"times can be nitpicking."

"perfectionisms can be nitpicking."

"erms can be nitpicking."

Origin

(nitpick)