nig·​gling ˈni-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce niggling (audio)
: petty
also : bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way
niggling injuries
niggling noun
nigglingly adverb

Examples of niggling in a Sentence

only niggling differences between the original Broadway musical and the film version that followed
Recent Examples on the Web And yet, a niggling sense of loss remains after the season 5 finale; many of Diana’s most important moments and relationships are relegated to a handful of scenes. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of niggling was in 1599

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“Niggling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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