Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Scottish English
Overly concerned with minor details
Finicky or very particular
Requiring very precise or careful attention
Examples of Persnickety in a sentence
"He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized."
"Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines."
Popularity Over Time
There's a whole market for professionally persnickety people. Look no further than the recent popularity of Netflix's "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" for evidence.
Did you Know?
Persnickety has recently undergone an elongation. It comes from the word pernickety, thought to be of Scottish origin, which means the same thing.