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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises"; "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1599 petty; also bothersome or persistent especially in a petty or tiresome way <niggling injuries> niggling noun nigglingly adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 troublesome or irritating in a petty way. 2 trifling or petty. Derivatives: nigglingly adv.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Niggling Nig"gling, n. Finicky or pottering work; specif. (Fine Arts), minute and very careful workmanship in drawing, painting, or the like, esp. when bestowed on unimportant detail.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A niggling injury or worry is small but bothers you over a long period of time. Both players have been suffering from niggling injuries. ...a niggling worry that the cheap car is also the one that will cause endless trouble. ADJ: usu ADJ n

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Cutting awkwardly, trifling; also accompanying with a woman.

Moby Thesaurus

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