verb (used without object)

  1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.

verb (used with object)

  1. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.


  1. a carping, petty criticism.


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

verb (intr)

  1. 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.

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