Definitions for: Niggle


[v] argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
[v] worry unnecessarily of excessively



Webster (1913) Definition: Nig"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Niggled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Niggling.] [Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also
Prov. E. nig a small piece.]
To trifle with; to deceive; to mock. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.


Nig"gle, v. t.
1. To trifle or play.

Take heed, daughter, You niggle not with your
conscience and religion. --Massinger.

2. To act or walk mincingly. [Prov. Eng.]

3. To fret and snarl about trifles. [Prov. Eng.]


Nig"gle, v. t.
1. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.

2. To elaborate excessively, as in art.


Nig"gle, v. i. (Chiefly Eng.)
1. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget.

2. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to
work with excessive care for trifling details, as in
painting.

Synonyms: bicker, brabble, fret, fuss, pettifog, quibble, squabble

See Also: argue, contend, debate, dither, fence, flap, pother, scruple, worry

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