niggling

adjective nig·gling \ ˈni-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of niggling

: petty; also : bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way
  • niggling injuries

niggling

noun

nigglingly

play \ˈni-g(ə-)liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of niggling in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of niggling

1599


NIGGLING Defined for English Language Learners

niggling

adjective

Definition of niggling for English Language Learners

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


NIGGLING Defined for Kids

niggling

adjective nig·gling \ ˈni-gliŋ \

Definition of niggling for Students

: petty 1


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