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niggle

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verb nig·gle \ˈni-gəl\

Definition of niggle

niggled

;

niggling

play \ˈni-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  trifleb :  to spend too much effort on minor details

  3. 2 :  to find fault constantly in a petty way :  carp she haggles, she niggles, she wears out our patience — Virginia Woolf

  4. 3 :  gnaw

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to give stingily or in tiny portions

niggler

play \ˈni-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of niggle in a sentence

  1. She had been niggled by worry her entire life.

  2. He's always niggling over small details.

Origin and Etymology of niggle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1599


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niggle

noun nig·gle

Definition of niggle

chiefly British

  1. :  a trifling doubt, objection, or complaint

Examples of niggle in a sentence

  1. I've had a knee niggle for the past few days.

  2. He has a bit of a niggle in his back.

  3. I have a few minor niggles about the performance.

1865

First Known Use of niggle

1865


NIGGLE Defined for English Language Learners

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niggle

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verb nig·gle \ˈni-gəl\

Definition of niggle for English Language Learners

  • : to worry or annoy (someone)

  • : to argue or make criticisms about something that is not important


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niggle

noun nig·gle

Definition of niggle for English Language Learners

  • : a slight feeling of something (such as doubt)

  • : a slight pain

  • : a small criticism or complaint



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