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 Dictionary entry overview: What does persnickety mean? 

PERSNICKETY (adjective)
  The adjective PERSNICKETY has 2 senses:

1. (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
2. characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

  Familiarity information: PERSNICKETY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERSNICKETY (adjective)

Sense 1persnickety [BACK TO TOP]


(used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant


too big for one's breeches; stuck-up; snotty; snot-nosed; snooty; persnickety; bigheaded; uppish

Context examples:

a snotty little scion of a degenerate family / they're snobs--stuck-up and uppity and persnickety


proud (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride)

Sense 2persnickety [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details


pernickety; persnickety

Context examples:

a persnickety job / a persnickety school teacher


fastidious (giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness)

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