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niggling

[ nig-ling ]
/ ˈnɪg lɪŋ /
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adjective
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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Origin of niggling

First recorded in 1590–1600; niggle + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM niggling

nig·gling·ly, adverb
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How to use niggling in a sentence

  • Niggling, trifling, or idling; taking short steps in walking.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for niggling

niggling
/ (ˈnɪɡlɪŋ) /

adjective
petty
fussy
irritating
requiring painstaking work
persistently troublinga niggling back pain
noun
an act or instance of niggling

Derived forms of niggling

nigglingly, adverb
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