1808 (pernicktie, in Jamieson), of persons, â€śprecise; fastidious; fussily particular, especially about trifles,â€ť an extended form of Scottish pernicky, which is of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular. â€śAssociation with the knick group of words â€¦ may have been vaguely presentâ€ť [OED].
Source : Online Etymology Dictionary
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