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niggling

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adjective nig·gling \ˈni-g(ə-)liŋ\

Simple Definition of niggling

  • : causing you to feel a slight pain or to be worried or annoyed for a long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of niggling

  1. :  petty; also :  bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way <niggling injuries>

niggling noun
nigglingly play \-lē\ adverb

Examples of niggling in a sentence

  1. <only niggling differences between the original Broadway musical and the film version that followed>



1599

First Known Use of niggling

1599


NIGGLING Defined for Kids

niggling

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adjective nig·gling \ˈni-gliŋ\

Definition of niggling for Students

  1. :  petty 1





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