verb (used without object)
- to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
verb (used with object)
- to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.
- a carping, petty criticism.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a nitpicker or nitpicking.
- informal to raise petty objections or concern oneself with insignificant details
v.“seek petty faults,” also nit-pick, 1962, back-formation from earlier nitpicker. Related: Nitpicking; nitpicky.