What does niggle mean?

Definitions for niggle
ˈnɪg əlnig·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fuss, niggle, fretverb

    worry unnecessarily or excessively

    "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"

  2. quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabbleverb

    argue over petty things

    "Let's not quibble over pennies"

Wiktionary

  1. nigglenoun

    A minor complaint or problem.

    Etymology: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.

  2. nigglenoun

    Small, cramped handwriting.

    Etymology: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.

  3. niggleverb

    To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.

    Etymology: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.

  4. niggleverb

    To dwell too much on minor points.

    Etymology: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.

  5. niggleverb

    To fidget, fiddle, be restless.

    Etymology: First attested in 1599. Origin uncertain, but likely from nigla and/or nugla. Possibly cognate to niggard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Niggleverb

    to trifle with; to deceive; to mock

    Etymology: [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.]

  2. Niggleverb

    to trifle or play

    Etymology: [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.]

  3. Niggleverb

    to act or walk mincingly

    Etymology: [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.]

  4. Niggleverb

    to fret and snarl about trifles

    Etymology: [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Niggle

    nig′l, v.i. to trifle, busy one's self with petty matters: to cramp.—v.t. to fill with excessive detail: to befool.—n. small cramped handwriting.—ns. Nigg′ler, one who trifles; Nigg′ling, fussiness, finicking work.—adj. mean: fussy. [Freq. of nig, which may be a variant of nick.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of niggle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of niggle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of niggle in a Sentence

  1. Bond Muir:

    There was just a niggle wondering whether the critics had a point. And at the point Alice said to me 'thank you for making me feel like this again'. It wiped that away completely.

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