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nig·gle

 (nĭg′əl)
v. nig·gled, nig·gling, nig·gles
v.intr.
1. To cause one to be persistently preoccupied, annoyed, or uncomfortable: Doubts niggled at the back of my mind.
2. To pester someone or be annoying or uncomfortable in a persistent way: He niggled at me all day to lend him my car.
3. To be overly concerned or argumentative, especially about something petty; fuss: niggled over contract details.
v.tr.
1. To preoccupy, annoy, make uncomfortable in a persistent way: Suspicions niggled him.
2. To pester or nag (someone).

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

nig′gler n.

niggle

(ˈnɪɡəl)
vb
1. (intr) to find fault continually
2. (intr) to be preoccupied with details; fuss
3. (tr) to irritate; worry
n
4. a slight or trivial objection or complaint
5. a slight feeling as of misgiving, uncertainty, etc
[C16: from Scandinavian; related to Norwegian nigla. Compare niggard]
ˈniggler n
ˈniggly adj

nig•gle

(ˈnɪg əl)

v.i. -gled, -gling.
1. to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details; trifle.
2. to criticize in a peevish way; carp.
[1610–20; < Scandinavian; (ultimately < Old Norse hnøggr stingy, c. Old English hnēaw); compare niggard]
nig′gler, n.
nig′gly, adj.

niggle


Past participle: niggled
Gerund: niggling

Imperative
niggle
niggle
Present
I niggle
you niggle
he/she/it niggles
we niggle
you niggle
they niggle
Preterite
I niggled
you niggled
he/she/it niggled
we niggled
you niggled
they niggled
Present Continuous
I am niggling
you are niggling
he/she/it is niggling
we are niggling
you are niggling
they are niggling
Present Perfect
I have niggled
you have niggled
he/she/it has niggled
we have niggled
you have niggled
they have niggled
Past Continuous
I was niggling
you were niggling
he/she/it was niggling
we were niggling
you were niggling
they were niggling
Past Perfect
I had niggled
you had niggled
he/she/it had niggled
we had niggled
you had niggled
they had niggled
Future
I will niggle
you will niggle
he/she/it will niggle
we will niggle
you will niggle
they will niggle
Future Perfect
I will have niggled
you will have niggled
he/she/it will have niggled
we will have niggled
you will have niggled
they will have niggled
Future Continuous
I will be niggling
you will be niggling
he/she/it will be niggling
we will be niggling
you will be niggling
they will be niggling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been niggling
you have been niggling
he/she/it has been niggling
we have been niggling
you have been niggling
they have been niggling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been niggling
you will have been niggling
he/she/it will have been niggling
we will have been niggling
you will have been niggling
they will have been niggling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been niggling
you had been niggling
he/she/it had been niggling
we had been niggling
you had been niggling
they had been niggling
Conditional
I would niggle
you would niggle
he/she/it would niggle
we would niggle
you would niggle
they would niggle
Past Conditional
I would have niggled
you would have niggled
he/she/it would have niggled
we would have niggled
you would have niggled
they would have niggled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.niggle - worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
worry - be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy; "I worry about my job"
scruple - raise scruples; "He lied and did not even scruple about it"
dither, pother, flap - make a fuss; be agitated
2.niggle - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
argue, contend, debate, fence - have an argument about something

niggle

verb
1. bother, concern, worry, trouble, disturb, rankle I realise now that the things which used to niggle me didn't really matter.
2. criticize, provoke, annoy, plague, irritate, hassle (informal), badger, find fault with, nag at, cavil, be on your back (slang) I don't react any more when opponents try to niggle me.
noun complaint, moan, grievance, grumble, beef (slang), bitch (slang), lament, grouse, gripe (informal), grouch (informal) The life we have built together is far more important than any minor niggle either of us might have.

niggle

verb
To raise unnecessary or trivial objections:
Translations

niggle

[ˈnɪgl]
A. VIquejarse
B. VTpreocupar
it's something that has always niggled mees algo que siempre me ha tenido inquieto
C. N (= complaint) → queja f; (= worry) → preocupación f

niggle

[ˈnɪgəl]
vt
(= worry) → tracasser
It's been niggling me all week → Ça me tracasse depuis le début de la semaine.
(= annoy) → agacer
The tiniest things can niggle you → Les choses les plus insignifiantes peuvent agacer.
vi (= find fault) → trouver toujours à redire
n
(= misgiving) → doute m
(= petty complaint or argument) → motif m de plainte
niggle at
vt fus
[person] → critiquer constamment
[doubt, puzzle] → travailler

niggle

vi (= complain)(herum)kritteln (inf), → herumkritisieren (→ about an +dat)
vt (= worry)plagen, quälen, zu schaffen machen (+dat)

niggle

[ˈnɪgl]
1. vtassillare
2. vifare il/la pignolo/a
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