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'Niggle'

Definition of 'niggle'
From: WordNet
verb
Worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: fuss, niggle, fret]
verb
Argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble]
Definition of 'Niggle'
From: GCIDE
Niggle \Nig"gle\, v. i.
1. To trifle or play. [1913 Webster]
Take heed, daughter, You niggle not with your conscience and religion. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]
2. To act or walk mincingly. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
3. To fret and snarl about trifles. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
4. (Chiefly Eng.)
1. To move about restlessly or without result; to fidget. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
5. To be finicky or excessively critical; to potter; esp., to work with excessive care for trifling details, as in painting. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Definition of 'Niggle'
From: GCIDE
Niggle \Nig"gle\, v. t.
1. To use, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
2. To elaborate excessively, as in art. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Definition of 'Niggle'
From: GCIDE
Niggle \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. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'niggle'
adverse criticism, animadversion, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, bitch, bug, captiousness, carp, carp at, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, complain, criticism, criticize, exception, faultfinding, find fault, flak, fret at, fuss, fuss at, grouse, hairsplitting, hassle, henpeck, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, imputation, knock, kvetch, nag, nagging, nibble at, niggling, nit, nit-picking, obloquy, overcriticalness, peck at, pester, pestering, pettifogging, pick at, pick on, priggishness, quibble, quibbling, rap, reflection, reproachfulness, slam, stricture, swipe, taking exception, trichoschistism, yap at
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