niggle


niggle

verb (used without object), nig·gled, nig·gling.

  1. to criticize, especially constantly or repeatedly, in a peevish or petty way; carp: to niggle about the fine points of interpretation; preferring to niggle rather than take steps to correct a situation.
  2. to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details: It’s difficult to be meticulous and not niggle.
  3. to work ineffectively; trifle: to niggle with an uninteresting task.

verb

  1. (intr) to find fault continually
  2. (intr) to be preoccupied with details; fuss
  3. (tr) to irritate; worry

noun

  1. a slight or trivial objection or complaint
  2. a slight feeling as of misgiving, uncertainty, etc
v.

1590s (implied in niggling), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal nigla “be busy with trifles”), perhaps related to source of niggard. Related: Niggled; niggling; niggler.

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