Definitions for Niggleˈnɪg əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nig•gleˈnɪg əl(v.i.)-gled, -gling.
(n.)to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details; trifle.
to criticize in a peevish way; carp.
Origin of niggle:
1610–20; < Scand; (ult. < ON hnøggr stingy, c. OE hnēaw); cf. niggard
fuss, niggle, fret(verb)
worry unnecessarily or excessively
"don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble(verb)
argue over petty things
"Let's not quibble over pennies"
A minor complaint or problem.
Small, cramped handwriting.
To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
To dwell too much on minor points.
To fidget, fiddle, be restless.
Origin: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.
to trifle with; to deceive; to mock
to trifle or play
to act or walk mincingly
to fret and snarl about trifles