Definition of pettifogging adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    pettifogging

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpɛt̮iˌfɔɡɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈpɛt̮iˌfɑɡɪŋ//
     
    [only before noun](old-fashioned)
     
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  1. 1paying too much attention to unimportant details; concerned with unimportant things synonym petty
  2. 2 pettifogging officials pettifogging little details
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pettifogging