1 used colloquially of one who is overly conceited or arrogant; "a snotty little scion of a degenerate family"-Laurent Le Sage; "they're snobs--stuck-up and uppity and persnickety" [syn: bigheaded, snooty, snot-nosed, snotty, stuck-up, too big for one's breeches, uppish]
2 characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details; "a persnickety job"; "a persnickety school teacher" [syn: pernickety]
EtymologyAlteration of pernickety
- 1905, Katherine M. Yates, At the Door: A Tale to Read Both on
the Lines and Between, K. M. Yates & Company,
- Marjorie glanced up and down the long street. “Well, I never in my life saw so many different kinds of houses!” she exclaimed. “Aren’t they funny! Why, they look almost like people. Look at that little persnickety one over there — the white, white one with the green, green blinds — doesn’t it look exactly like —”
- 1914 July 3, William H. Bowers, “The Use of ‘Tempest.’”, letter
to the editor, in The Dial: A Semi-Monthly Journal of Literary
Criticism, Discussion, and Information, The Henry O. Shepard Co.,
- I have just read the article in your issue for May 16 on
dialectic English. The word tempest recalls the surprise I felt at
the beginning of three years' residence on Cape Cod to hear the
word used commonly as an exact synonym for thunderstorm.
- Persnickety I have been accustomed to use in the sense attached to perjinkety, that is, over-fastidious. I do not know how the word was acquired or how common its use is.
- I have just read the article in your issue for May 16 on dialectic English. The word tempest recalls the surprise I felt at the beginning of three years' residence on Cape Cod to hear the word used commonly as an exact synonym for thunderstorm.
- 1919, Gertrude Harding, The Higher Aspect of Nursing, W. B.
- Her free and easy association with her fellow nurses is prone to break down her womanly reserve and natural modesty. Her assiduity in clinging to ideals of modest begins to abate as a result. She is inclined to think she has been too “persnickety;” that this is unnecessary when one understands “the naturalness of the physical body.” She wonders what is the use. And forthwith the foundation is laid for Moral Lenity.
StoryMr. Fussy is a perfectionist. He wouldn't tolerate anything imperfect. Mr. Fussy keeps his hair combed, his moustache trimmed, his shoelaces tied and his house neat.
The 2008 version of The Mr. Men Show, he retains his yellow nose and neatly combed hair, but gave Mr. Fussy (renamed Mr. Persnickety in the American broadcast and Mr. Pernickety in the United Kingdom broadcast) a black bow tie, reading glasses, brown shoes, a more neatly trimmed mustache and a lime green colored body. He lives next door to Mr. Messy in a duplex-style house. He and Mr. Messy often are at odds. Whenever it's after midnight, He always walks in his sleep and ending up cleaning Mr. Nosy and Mr. Small's residence as seen in Sleep.