[ nig-ling ]
/ ˈnɪg lɪŋ /
petty; trivial; inconsequential: to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology.
demanding too much care, attention, time, etc.: niggling chores about the house.
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OTHER WORDS FROM nigglingnig·gling·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for niggling
Niggling, trifling, or idling; taking short steps in walking.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
British Dictionary definitions for niggling
/ (ˈnɪɡlɪŋ) /
requiring painstaking work
persistently troublinga niggling back pain
an act or instance of niggling
Derived forms of nigglingnigglingly, adverb
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