niggle(redirected from niggles)
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v. nig·gled, nig·gling, nig·gles
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.
1. To preoccupy, annoy, make uncomfortable in a persistent way: Suspicions niggled him.
2. To pester or nag (someone).
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
1. (intr) to find fault continually
2. (intr) to be preoccupied with details; fuss
3. (tr) to irritate; worry
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]
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]
Past participle: niggled
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||niggle - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"|
1. bother, concern, worry, trouble, disturb, rankle I realise now that the things which used to niggle me didn't really matter.