Synonym of nitpicking

Alternative for nitpicking


quibbling over insignificant details



be overly critical; criticize minor details


Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail
exact finicky fussy over-exacting overscrupulous pedantic perfectionist precise precisionist punctilious scrupulous dogmatic fastidious finical formalist literalist literalistic meticulous purist captious carping casuistic casuistical fault-finding hair-splitting hypercritical pettifogging quibbling scholastic sophistic sophistical caviling cavilling overnice pernickety critical disapproving faultfinding unfavorable unfavourable picky particular persnickety nice demanding exacting nit-picking overcritical delicate careful choosy pass-remarkable dainty niggling choosey finicking painstaking fussbudgety over-particular old-maidish hairsplitting censorious hard to please nit-picky thorough fine detailed conscientious discriminating judgmental judgemental strict rigorous stickling faddy overparticular difficult to please difficult correct accurate diligent overprecise studious rejective faddish methodical nagging squeamish religious refined proper assiduous ultra-careful heedful conscionable punctual impossible to please criticizing attentive over-censorious mathematical sedulous disparaging close over-rigorous over-strict selective discerning tricky criticising negative severe cavillous exceptive sarcastic sharp laborious inflexible overdelicate trivial fiddly prissy subtle excessively orderly overrefined over-fastidious overexact anal exhaustive pinpoint microscopic hairline complex complicated on someone's back sensitive right cautious duteous rigid prim pure puritanical prudish keen stuffy white-glove dotting the i's crossing the t's unswerving overfastidious obsessive fretful picky-picky fuddy-duddy old maidish spot-on perceptive acute old womanish zealous Victorian strait-laced schoolmarmish overexacting over-subtle donnish erudite learned scholarly academic unfailing faithful undeviating scolding humbling diagnostic demeaning calumniatory belittling biting cynical censuring derogatory analytical lowering critic judgy harsh reproachful trenchant cutting penetrating contemptuous choleric condemning withering satirical stern unerring pedagogic loyal steadfast reliable deprecating irritable crabby nitpicky testy perverse thorny unfair contrary unjust touchy cantankerous peevish petty acrimonious petulant cross stiff stiff-necked ceremonious stilted formal decorous starchy very critical overconscientious polite civil seemly observant formalistic courteous conventional right on good eye queasy very careful easily disgusted minute elaborate industrious faultless explicit perfect true systematic definite error-free flawless persevering errorless searching loving judicious spot on impeccable infallible scientific hard-working specific clear-cut certain veracious on the button veridical bang on orderly full literal unflagging unambiguous defined thoughtful unmistakable stringent on the money definitive constant nuanced truthful busy just regular tough distinct persistent active tireless unquestionable unimpeachable particularized exquisite on the nose good itemized engaged blow-by-blow circumspect bustling circumstantial dedicated employed working dead-on rational on the mark uncompromising on target factual solid plugging sure logical skilful skillful particularised itemised genuine finespun intricate absolute inerrant inch-perfect indefatigable actual letter-perfect untiring on-target earnest occupied on the nail deliberate sagacious authentic intent complete ordered controlled hopping thoroughgoing strenuous tied-up prudent fussbudget regardful precision reasoned reasonable steady deft discriminative concrete clear levelheaded matter-of-fact swotty ultraprecise categorical uncanny valid realistic tenacious polished deductive objective sound in depth dependable model eager beaver irrefutable undeniable conclusive undisputed unrefuted deadly well organized unmistaken upright appropriate by the book sticklerish priggish by the numbers well-grounded picture-book picture-perfect classic textbook word-perfect on the beam whole straight dead on stickler watchful unremitting determined concentrating listening ornate topical intrinsic omniscient authoritative calculated measured choicy dogged driven comprehensive canonical mincing firm committed pertinacious rough fixed unrelenting eager cultivated unequivocal official final hanging in hanging tough playing safe unyielding well defined slogging operose persisting plodding all-inclusive word for word fine-drawn superior nifty lethal effective well aimed walking on eggs organized lifelike fair convincing without error dead right bull's-eye unbroken to a T perfected to a turn tight unbending clocklike specialized specialised provident express minding p's and q's heart and soul into regulated all-embracing extensive ultra-fine surgical incorrupted winning unwavering intensive veristic verisimilar considered developed encyclopedic concerned clearly defined true to life encyclopaedic seriatim elaborated enumerated selfdisciplined discreet chary organised experimental involved telling it like it is fact-based cultured consummate appreciative crystal clear in-depth point-by-point as it really happened scrutinising hard-to-please scrutinizing vigilant fancy at length extremely particular educated going to great lengths direct demure univocal unblemished balanced pragmatic deep well-crafted inevitable assured practical sensible ideal mature niminy-piminy mimsy enlightened plausible analytic justifiable thinking intellectual synthetic intelligent credible philosophic reflective ratiocinative commonsense trustable reasoning collected cerebral perspicacious exemplary dead positive trustworthy inerrable sure-fire invariable well-made prompt old-maid po-faced governessy nice-nelly schoolmistressy straitlaced straightlaced bluenosed proven hard corroborated colorable commonsensical substantiated coherent shrewd sincere secure cogent knowing confirmed commonsensible informed validated verified timely well thought-out well-executed Grundyish square-toed seasonable seamless immaculate irreproachable copybook indefectible supportable tenable sustainable certified defensible empirical maintainable cognitive open defendable calculable empiric immediate speedy blue-nose prim and proper moralistic dapper genteel goody-goody wooden cleanly ceremonial overmodest spic-and-span snobbish spruce dignified without fault foolproof without blemish early unwearied expeditious recurrent periodic cyclic quick ready unspotted supreme stainless intact crimeless spotless unguilty just so clean grinding whiz well-reasoned well-advised to schedule in time on time spot on time on schedule under the wire when expected in good time on the dot well timed bang on time well-thought-out standard OK so acceptable O.K. legitimate amen righteous stone okay undistorted equitable right as rain on the ball on the right track for sure on track on the right lines free of error right stuff along the right lines cooking with gas according to Hoyle


Dissatisfied and complaining or rebellious
malcontent discontented disgruntled dissatisfied unhappy disaffected displeased rebellious resentful restive annoyed factious grumbling irritated vexed complaining dissentious malcontented peeved piqued troublemaking aggrieved bellyaching carping discontent disgusted fault-finding fed up ill-disposed put out unsatisfied belly-aching brassed off browned off cheesed off hacked off not best pleased peed off teed off ticked off angry indignant irked disappointed exasperated miffed grumpy sullen crabby upset sore out of joint frustrated sulky offended restless ungratified fretful griping kvetching querulous critical in a huff testy petulant peevish hurt irate irritable aggravated bitter riled bothered cranky grudging grouchy narked disquieted disturbed unpleased huffy snuffy rancorous envious wounded embittered spiteful chagrined picky disapproving unforgiving in high dudgeon troubled miserable impatient cantankerous disapproving of blue perturbed snappy snappish distressed sick and tired sick to death whining fed up to the teeth unfulfilled acrimonious affronted pained with a chip on your shoulder fed up to the back teeth scornful hard contemptuous disdainful anguished wronged nettled angered incensed sour afflicted injured harmed objectionable regretful revengeful bad-tempered ill-tempered ill-used woeful saddened steamed acrid miffy mad surly fed-up faultfinding ennuied unappeased jaundiced fretting not satisfied sniveling plaintive put-out unassuaged unsated begrudging insatiable jealous huffish wroth tooshie insulted oppressed victimised grieving depressed persecuted victimized snivelling cross vitriolic butthurt hateful hard done by churlish eggy vex alienated grousing out of temper hoha crabbing kicking uncontent estranged disloyal antagonistic hostile bad tempered hot under the collar seditious mutinous unfriendly dissident insurgent insurrectionary uncompliant insubordinate renegade unsubmissive apathetic cynical disillusioned indifferent up in arms furious enraged infuriated provoked choleric shirty galled malevolent wrathful vindictive ireful malicious malignant ill-humoured nasty ill-humored ruffled outraged mean crabbed ratty splenetic in a temper snaky venomous bent out of shape foaming at the mouth livid touchy fuming in a bad mood apoplectic malign steamed up tetchy stroppy moody waspish poisonous agitated maleficent malefic vengeful maddened rankled ticked ballistic inflamed roiled rabid baleful irascible crook steaming morose soreheaded fractious catty evil-intentioned out of humour ill-natured ornery enflamed crotchety cruel evil waxy pettish scunnered vicious hopping mad chippy narky out of sorts fit to be tied wrath foaming choked ropeable riley hot stung infuriate hopping disagreeable virulent unkind dyspeptic horn-mad implacable dark hot-tempered pouting glum acid glowering in a lather wicked on the warpath as cross as two sticks flustered harassed crusty pouty liverish unsociable gloomy antagonized prickly dour brooding gruff dirty boiling uptight pernicious short-tempered worked up antagonised aerated beside oneself aggressive bilious wound up mopey slighted grudge-bearing caustic harsh bad worried hurtful curmudgeonly harried frowning sourpussed tart perverse whingy sulking sharp peckish unpleasant acerbic short seething wild mardy raging cussed filthy heated at daggers drawn in a frenzy needled quick-tempered going crook blue in the face seeing red in a fume in a pet passionate off the air menacing rattled roused belligerent grieved avenging black cutting merciless biting astringent relentless despiteful savage pitiless antipathetic envenomed hate-filled fierce moping vinegary retaliatory wounding scratchy inimical bearish uncivil unresponsive uncommunicative destructive captious vituperative obstinate shrewish out for revenge mumpish contentious truculent fiery uncooperative tormented curt chafed sorehead whingeing bad-natured joyless unmannerly edgy fretted snarky unglued sensitive snippy snippety stuffy raspy bugged viperous on edge full of spleen gnashing one's teeth caviling cavilling thin-skinned incandescent full of hate evil-minded in a mood out of humor burned up spare in a paddy in a bate beside yourself like a bear with a sore head in an uproar unjustifiably resentful unjustifiably offended bloody-minded reproachful smouldering goaded snubbed atrabilious hassled unrelenting confused bellicose snitty salty weighty annoying distressing begruding perplexed mean-spirited disheartened dishonored humiliated unmerciful pugnacious unsympathetic discouraged punitive ticklish umbrageous dishonoured adverse razor-edged barbed smoldering reluctant stewed wreakful ruthless grim out of countenance defeated cray-cray blazing berserk green-eyed threatening viperish toxicant ill unwilling seeking revenge tense carrying a chip on your shoulder up the wall hung up temperamental hacked very angry raving frenzied rousted unenthusiastic half-hearted hesitant dripping venom feisty bristly argumentative volatile thirsting for revenge jumpy louring soured brusque misanthropic hotheaded oversensitive quarrelsome difficult pertinacious dogged ranting scandalized buffaloed full of gall accidentally on purpose mopish scowling snarling contrary whiny peppery hypercritical crybaby ungracious blazing mad very upset in a wax out of control in a towering rage flaming mad storming in a rage frantic all steamed up overcome with anger with all guns blazing bummed out at end of one's rope boiling mad hot and bothered shocked pushed too far at boiling point raging mad rubbed the wrong way blown a gasket scandalised in a filthy temper beside yourself with rage iracund tough iracundulous fussy disputatious forced full of dislike disinclined aloof waspy trying growling saturnine blunt awkward childish hasty obstreperous chuffy vehement sardonic irreconcilable ugly withdrawn dismal cheerless injurious having got out of bed on the wrong side nasty-tempered cross-grained on a short fuse foul-tempered out-of-sorts hot-blooded having got out of bed the wrong side short-fused easily offended loath scathing mischievous nursing a grudge stinging incisive blistering mordant harmful noxious defamatory with chip on shoulder abusive withering searing awful deleterious detrimental beastly low gross uncool petty devastating down in the mouth having a fit of the sulks in a funk in the sulks in a strop stabbing uncongenial ungenerous sharp-tongued p.o.'d


A censure of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes
criticism censure disapproval disparagement condemnation denunciation panning reproval castigation critique opprobrium slamming admonishment broadside chastisement slating stick upbraiding abuse chiding flak recrimination remonstrance slur smear vituperation animadversion knocking objection slam stricture berating carping cavil cavilling contumely denigration examen quibble slagging swipe verbal vitriol arraignment aspersion blast brickbat captiousness caviling excoriation faultfinding hit knock notice objurgation pan rap reproach reprobation reproof roast scolding sideswipe slap sledge takedown blame cut nit-picking put down fault-finding verbal disapproval critical remark slagging off bad press call down character assassination bad notice jab mocking comment depreciation ridicule discredit derogation lessening degradation scorn belittlement belittling disdain deprecation debasement slander detraction contempt derision mocking diminishment calumny underestimation vilification backbiting backstabbing prejudice obloquy invective rebuke tirade attack reprimand defamation disapprobation disfavor aspersions billingsgate revilement complaint disfavour scurrility insults libel bad-mouthing diatribe calumniation fulmination mud-slinging tongue-lashing opposition expostulation lambasting execration repudiation accusation inculpation indictment charge admonition incrimination imputation impeachment implication slurs attribution insolence exprobation reprehension bashing harangue exception remonstration demurral reviling odium disagreement insult verbal abuse rudeness displeasure telling off protest brickbats dislike dissatisfaction philippic curses rant rubbishing railing venom dissent distaste traducement mauling offense offence disesteem discountenance signifying dressing-down discontentment boycott thumbs down censoriousness discourtesy impertinence pejoration malapertness humiliation arrogance remark hostility complaints marginalization marginalisation commination scurrilousness barrage playing down decrying persecution riot act sideswipes aggravation hassle obscenity slanderousness indecency rocket malevolence assault argument jibe scandal coarseness offensiveness confrontation wigging earful vociferation caning pugnacity bollocking defilement abusiveness infamousness grossness rebuff carpeting rollicking indignity demur combativeness roasting discharge warning intimidation curse outburst rejection belligerence a bad press fuss protestation impugnment challenge polemic stink demurrer question denouncement telling-off ticking off verbal onslaught verbal assault cursing difficulty slandering malice evil-speaking dispute rap over the knuckles slights kick spitefulness spite fulminations cattiness swearing petition indignities jibes expletives rebukes civil disobedience slanging disrespect savaging verbals quinine knifing hosing put-downs foul language verbal attack swear words catcall nix ostracism blackball hiss zing discontent boo name-calling a slanging match kicking around trash talk pushing around black list slap on wrist


A slight objection or criticism about a trivial matter


Present participle for to correct minutiae or find fault in unimportant details
carping cavilling caviling fussing niggling quibbling complaining criticising criticizing flyspecking splitting hairs finding fault picking holes taking apart grumbling grousing objecting moaning nit-picking nagging beefing whining grouching bleating whingeing bellyaching denouncing finding fault with kicking up a fuss griping pettifogging kvetching knocking chuntering mithering creating grizzling grumping inveighing reproaching sounding off objecting to picking holes in censuring arguing decrying condemning equivocating hypercriticizing twining chopping logic growling hollering croaking repining squealing murmuring yammering keening yowling yawping yauping crabbing whimpering screaming squawking wailing caterwauling maundering muttering kicking grieving protesting bewailing bemoaning deploring remonstrating opposing complaining about lamenting charging dissenting taking exception to speaking out against plaining over making a fuss kicking up a stink going on about inveighing against railing at making a fuss about fulminating against disagreeing with protesting against subtilizing querying mincing matters raising trivial objections picking nits faulting prevaricating picking disparaging cavilling at carping about picking on groaning sharping a distinction refining a distinction arguing over nothing pecking bothering panning objurgating chirping fretting demurring contravening sniveling disagreeing ascribing indicting nattering defying accusing cribbing laying differing deprecating snivelling imputing gainsaying disapproving expostulating refuting attacking making a fine distinction going on picking at raising trivial objections to looking askance putting the boot in making a complaint lodging a complaint running down carrying on beating about the bush quibbling about niggling about kvetching about crying screeching bawling yelping howling mourning scolding taking exception squalling sobbing whispering greeting yelling ululating shrieking puling raising objections expressing disapproval mumbling raging taking a stand making a stand wittering trashing putting up a fight yapping raising Cain gurning sighing pleading wauling weeping sulking blubbering roaring sorrowing excepting anathematizing execrating cursing raising a ruckus crying the blues kicking up a storm crying out miaowing taking on blowing off sorrowing for sorrowing about sighing over grieving over rumbling bickering quarrelling quarreling gabbling sputtering muddling swallowing slurring snarling droning burbling rubbishing slandering sniping maligning making screeching badmouthing cutting up bad-mouthing slagging off pulling to pieces speaking ill of talking under your breath declaiming impugning lashing admonishing castigating upbraiding railing reviling lambasting ranting vituperating moaning and groaning casting aspersions on doing a hatchet job on fulminating recriminating roasting berating blasting vilifying storming abusing denigrating blaming scorching tongue-lashing grouching about laying into ripping into laying out jumping down one's throat sounding off about working over beefing about kicking up a fuss about letting someone have it kicking up a stink about cracking down on bellyaching about complaining vehemently about going after having at


Present participle for to criticize or point out the mistakes or weaknesses in
finding fault slamming disparaging denigrating knocking criticising criticizing maligning blasting lambasting deprecating panning trashing slating bashing castigating roasting savaging attacking chastising hammering rubbishing dissing vilifying scathing crucifying excoriating skewering flaming ripping pillorying slagging faulting besmirching slurring judging running down picking holes in bad-mouthing having a go at finding fault with putting down slagging off getting at laying into nit-picking tearing into railing against cutting down inveighing against fulminating against pulling apart casting aspersions on pulling to pieces dressing down taking down coming down on lacing to nitpicking about picking at pouring scorn on scoffing at giving a bad press to doing down finding lacking nitpicking over tearing to shreds passing judgment throwing shade decrying derogating depreciating diminishing belittling minimizing dismissing discounting vilipending playing down crying down trash-talking kissing off talking down rapping minimising cutting down to size discrediting scorning deriding undervaluing trivializing underrating underestimating censuring condemning detracting marginalizing misprizing minifying pooh-poohing aspersing reprimanding denunciating chiding dispraising blistering scorching picking to pieces jumping on marginalising zapping sneering at clobbering holding cheap dumping on treating lightly trivialising sledging tearing down slugging bagging hitting out at taking down a peg nagging at harshing deflating disdaining frowning selling short making little of discommending thinking little of objecting taking dim view of not going for disapproving expostulating denouncing defaming ridiculing degrading arraigning demeaning mocking giving some stick to doing a number on slashing reprehending giving the business lashing fustigating hitting carping fluffing skinning reprobating animadverting on cavilling at trimming objurgating mauling giving flak to complaining about vituperating against slogging pummelling skinning alive throwing brickbats at pummeling bagging on cutting to bits rating passing strictures upon reproving giving bad press blaming disapproving of carping at cutting up downgrading reviling lowering abusing downplaying smearing understating squashing squelching shooting down taking to pieces cutting to the quick laughing off laughing at doing a hatchet job on dragging through the mud detracting from taking a swipe at shooting full of holes making light of slandering taking a dig at tearing to pieces


Present participle for to analyze in great detail
picking apart analysing analyzing probing evaluating inspecting scrutinising scrutinizing studying examining investigating dissecting eyeballing considering criticising criticizing exploring questioning unpacking judging overlooking looking closely checking over examining closely finding fault picking holes poring over taking apart going over with a fine-tooth comb inquiring into looking over putting under a microscope thinking through reviewing assessing appraising critiquing interpreting giving opinion giving an opinion commenting upon passing judgment on surveying scanning checking auditing researching checking out viewing vetting sifting conning overseeing going over enquiring into working over giving the once-over giving something a going-over testing searching perusing casing going through giving something a once-over monitoring watching canvassing scoping verifying looking into candling taking stock giving something a look-see looking at taking a dekko at delving into adjudicating taking stock of observing eyeing scouting clocking noticing contemplating inquiring weighing interrogating digging supervising superintending assaying deconstructing combing catechizing kicking the tires enquiring subjecting to an examination subjecting to an inspection taking a look at penetrating perlustrating piercing staring pegging smoking burning up taking the measure of getting a load of examining carefully inquiring about cutting decomposing decompounding resolving breaking down establishing balancing confirming noting ascertaining certifying checking into sitting in digging into reporting parsing telling estimating testing out scouting out making sure of keeping account quizzing proving finding out looking see frisking counting comparing correcting ensuring enquiring about trying out going into anatomizing


Present participle for to manage, direct, or control a person, group, or system to an unnecessary level of detail or precision

Antonym of nitpicking

nitpicking Idiom, Proverb

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