Origin of niggling
verb (used without object), nig·gled, nig·gling.
Origin of niggle
Related Words for nigglingpiddling, trifling, frivolous, inconsequential, petty, trivial, unimportant, finicky, fussy, picayune
Examples from the Web for niggling
Historical Examples of niggling
Niggling, trifling, or idling; taking short steps in walking.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
Word Origin for niggle
1590s (implied in niggling), possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal nigla "be busy with trifles"), perhaps related to source of niggard. Related: Niggled; niggling; niggler.