what does persnickety mean?

I also need the definition of serendipidous. Please help!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    'persnickety' or 'pernickety' means worrying too much about unimportant details or being 'fussy'.

    'seredipidious' is the adj. form of 'serendipity', which is used to describe something interesting or pleasant happening by chance. eg: serendipitious discoveries.

    it has been a pleasure answering your question.

    Source(s): oxford advanced learner's dictionary
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    What Does Persnickety Mean

  • 1 decade ago


    Function: adjective

    Etymology: alteration of pernickety

    1 a : fussy about small details : FASTIDIOUS <a persnickety teacher> b : having the characteristics of a snob

    2 : requiring great precision <a persnickety job>

    - per·snick·e·ti·ness /-n&s/ noun


    Function: adjective

    obtained or characterized by serendipity <serendipitous discoveries>


    Function: noun

    Etymology: from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip

    : the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this

  • 1 decade ago


    You spelled the other word incorrectly.

    ser‧en‧dip‧i‧tous  /ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtəs/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[ser-uhn-dip-i-tuhs] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation

    –adjective 1. come upon or found by accident; fortuitous: serendipitous scientific discoveries.

    2. of, pertaining to, or suggesting serendipity.

    3. good; beneficial; favorable: serendipitous weather for our vacation.

    Source(s): dictionary.com
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  • 7 years ago

    I said it to a guy on the job ("don't get persnickety with me...") without fully knowing the meaning. Of the definitions given here, 'snobbery' fits the best as I referred it to him.

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