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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.]

nig′gler n.
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Noun1.niggler - someone who constantly criticizes in a petty wayniggler - someone who constantly criticizes in a petty way
critic - someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments


A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully:
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the usually mild mannered Clarke was heard on stump cam telling serial niggler James Anderson to get ready for a broken fing arm at the crease before Australia claimed a stunning 381-run Test victory on Sunday at the Gabba.
Dennis Wise: Wind-up expert and niggler extraordinaire.