Definition of niggle in English:

niggle

Syllabification: nig·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈnigəl
 
/

verb

[no object]

noun

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  • A trifling complaint, dispute, or criticism.
    More example sentences
    • It just made impatient about having to wait four weeks before being allowed to leave all my niggles and gripes behind.
    • It may be something as simple as an annoying niggle, or frustration with his own efforts, but whatever it is, England need to resolve it soon if they are to win this series - and to have any chance of defeating the Australians in the summer.
    • In the light of that, my little niggles and the odd feelings of unhappiness seem pretty trivial.
    Synonyms
    quibble, trivial complaint, criticism, grumble, grouse, cavil
    informal gripe, moan, beef

Derivatives

nigglingly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The crowd is not even daring to be expectant, bitten too many times by false hope, but there was a new energy about the Kingz last time on this field, so in the stands there is only a nigglingly small doubt that the team will lose.
  • He still finds reading nigglingly annoying, and hates most television.
  • It's a fine scene, but nigglingly off centre in a few important details.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'do something in a fiddling or ineffectual way'): apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian nigla. Current senses date from the late 18th century.

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