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Meaning of "pernickety" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PERNICKETY

Originally Scottish, of unknown origin.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PERNICKETY

pernickety  [pəˈnɪkɪtɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PERNICKETY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pernickety is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES PERNICKETY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Definition of pernickety in the English dictionary

The definition of pernickety in the dictionary is excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy. Other definition of pernickety is requiring close attention; exacting.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PERNICKETY


ability
əˈbɪlɪtɪ
activity
ækˈtɪvɪtɪ
authority
ɔːˈθɒrɪtɪ
availability
əˌveɪləˈbɪlɪtɪ
biscuity
ˈbɪskɪtɪ
blankety
ˈblæŋkɪtɪ
capacity
kəˈpæsɪtɪ
celebrity
sɪˈlɛbrɪtɪ
city
ˈsɪtɪ
committee
kəˈmɪtɪ
community
kəˈmjuːnɪtɪ
facility
fəˈsɪlɪtɪ
finickety
fɪˈnɪkɪtɪ
kitty
ˈkɪtɪ
perjinkity
pəˈdʒɪŋkɪtɪ
persnickety
pəˈsnɪkɪtɪ
rackety
ˈrækɪtɪ
rickety
ˈrɪkɪtɪ
tackety
ˈtækɪtɪ
thickety
ˈθɪkɪtɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PERNICKETY

permutation
permutational
permute
pern
Pernambuco
pernancy
pernicious
pernicious anaemia
perniciously
perniciousness
pernicketiness
Pernik
pernio
pernoctate
pernoctation
Pernod
perone
peroneal
peroneus

WORDS THAT END LIKE PERNICKETY

anxiety
civil society
entirety
factor of safety
honor society
humane society
moiety
ninety
notoriety
perjinkety
piety
road safety
Royal Society
safety
sobriety
society
subtlety
surety
variety
velvety

Synonyms and antonyms of pernickety in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PERNICKETY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pernickety» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pernickety

Translation of «pernickety» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PERNICKETY

Find out the translation of pernickety to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pernickety from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pernickety» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

爱挑剔的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pernickety
570 millions of speakers

English

pernickety
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

pernickety
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

نزق
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

привередливых
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pernickety
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ছিদ্রান্বেষী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tatillon
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pernickety
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

penibel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

お高くとまった
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

pernickety
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pernickety
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tỉ mỉ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

pernickety
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रतिहत्त्या
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

titiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pernickety
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pernickety
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

вибагливих
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pernickety
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λεπτολόγος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kieskeurig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

petnoga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pernickety
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pernickety

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PERNICKETY»

The term «pernickety» is normally little used and occupies the 126.451 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PERNICKETY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «pernickety» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «pernickety» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pernickety

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PERNICKETY»

Discover the use of pernickety in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pernickety and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wittgenstein's Lasting Significance
This certainly cannot be demonstrated in the 'pernickety' way that Sullivan reads into §6.53. The pernickety Wittgensteinian critic whofollows 'the strictly correctmethod' of §6. 53asSullivan construesitsays tothe wouldbe metaphysician: 'Here ...
Max Kölbel, Bernhard Weiss, 2004
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The Dragonnade
Miss Pernickety appeared and was bending over her offering a red clay bowl of thick steaming gruel, 'my goodness, but ye've slept all day and best part 0' a raucous evening's entertainment - God's teeth ye must be fair starved, lass.
Miles Hawke, 2008
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Harper's New Monthly Magazine
I guess he was allcrs cranky and pernickety." "I do not quite understand," I said ; " pernickety ?" " Well, yes, crotchety like. I believe he got sort of disgruntled with the minister, and so he don't go to meeting." "And does not he let his niece go ...
Henry Mills Alden, 1871
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The work and operation of the Copyright Tribunal: second ...
It may appear pernickety in some ways in detail; they undergo constant revision; we look at them, the deputy chairman and I, and we tweak them and improve them as we go along. I do not agree that they are so characterised. Q43 Mr Boswell: ...
Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Innovation, Universities & Skills Committee, 2008
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Dictionary of Confusable Words
finicky/pernickety Finicky is used for things (less often people) that are unnecessarily fussy: 'The finicky rules of the place were rather irritating.' Pernickety means the same, but is used more of people: 'The pernickety old man was constantly ...
Adrian Room, 2013
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The Stradivarius in the Basement: A collection of essays
It was an exciting day when Miss Pernickety told us we should all become owners of real ink pens. Fine and expensive pens were available for the privileged in those days, but what most of us were able to afford could be found at the local ...
Kristina Simms, 2010
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Bergs, Alexander; Brinton, Laurel J.: English Historical ...
Garner loves to be persnickety: “persnickety; *pernickety. Although the latter is the older form, persnickety is now about five times as common in print as * pernickety in American English” (s. v., persnickety). (In linguistic discourse, the asterisk is ...
Alexander Bergs, Laurel J. Brinton, 2012
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus
... determinate, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, pinpoint, place, recognize, spot finical adj syn NICE 1, dainty, fastidious, finicking, finicky, fussy, particular, pernickety, persnickety, squeamish con slipshod, sloppy, slovenly; blowsy, dowdy, ...
Merriam-Webster, Inc, 1988
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Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect
For it is Fry, rather than Proust, who is being 'pernickety' and 'silly' - and thus fickle , trivial and misguided - when he dismisses Proust's 'pernickety' and 'silly' dedication to the implicitly 'pernickety' and 'silly' Ruskin. Clive Bell, Woolf and Fry  ...
Dr Brian Maidment, Dr Keith Hanley, 2013
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The Black Pearl
Bennett traded chortling words with him then smiled inanely. Miss Pernickety acknowledged the agitated hand signalling and came to inquire why they gesticulated so wildly. Bennett winked her into submission as she approached flicking her ...
Miles Hawke, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PERNICKETY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pernickety is used in the context of the following news items.
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Inside Out review - Pixar are back to their best
Watching 20 years of unalloyed excellence has left one pretty pernickety when it comes to Pixar movies. And while their last three outings, Cars ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
2
We should pay to get into museums
Having undergone a thorough restoration in 2008, his movement is as deft as it ever was, comically pernickety but also elegant, even a little ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Teenage kicked: The CEO who thinks advisers should grow up
As has become fashionable among the more urbane financial adviser, Harper insisted his clients are less concerned by cost than pernickety ... «Professional Adviser, Jul 15»
4
Giulia Crouch: Cheltenham's 'tanning shop protesters' are clearly …
... window of the salon. Now, call me pernickety, but I'd like the protesters' definition of 'feminism' because it seems that they're a little confused. «Gloucestershire Echo, Jul 15»
5
Doctor Who's Professor Stahlman, Actor Olaf Pooley, Dies at 101
(I get your point though, am just being pernickety). Also It's too early to tell about Capaldi but if the quality of last season continues then happy ... «Doctor Who UK Webzine, Jul 15»
6
Love triangle
The pernickety Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana insists that authentic pizza has to be baked on the floor of a wood-fired oven, at 485°C. «Hindu Business Line, Jul 15»
7
The People's Pedant: Jonathan Portes vs British journalism
It was all resolved, but Ferguson was enraged by Portes' pernickety perseverance. “You know, to the extent there's an underlying truth to ... «New Statesman, Jul 15»
8
Restaurant Review: Nam Dao Kham lives up to cult-like reputation in …
... and Nang's experience abroad means she not only speaks perfect English but is also pernickety about cleanliness – you won't see anyone ... «Myanmar Times, Jul 15»
9
Madeleine Rees: Human rights lawyer on her battle to combat …
... who is the secretary general of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), believes that the criticism is “pernickety ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
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Selection of gems at the Scandinavian Film Festival
Legendary Finnish actor Antti Litja plays the grump, a cantankerous, pernickety 80-year-old farmer who is fiercely opposed to modernisation. «Northern Star, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Pernickety [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/pernickety>. Jul 2019 ».
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