Niggling



[nig-ling] /ˈnɪg lɪŋ/

adjective
1.
petty; trivial; inconsequential:
to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology.
2.
demanding too much care, attention, time, etc.:
niggling chores about the house.
[nig-uh l] /ˈnɪg əl/
verb (used without object), niggled, niggling.
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.
/ˈnɪɡlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
petty
2.
fussy
3.
irritating
4.
requiring painstaking work
5.
persistently troubling: a niggling back pain
noun
6.
an act or instance of niggling
/ˈnɪɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to find fault continually
2.
(intransitive) to be preoccupied with details; fuss
3.
(transitive) to irritate; worry
noun
4.
a slight or trivial objection or complaint
5.
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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