niggle definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • become preoccupied with trifles or petty details.
    • to locate fault constantly and trivially; carp. See Synonyms at quibble.
    • To trifle or play.
    • to behave or go mincingly.
    • To fret and snarl about trifles.
    • to go about restlessly or without result; to fidget.
    • becoming finicky or exceedingly important; to potter; esp., to work with excessive maintain trifling details, like in artwork.
  • noun:
    • a problem or issue.
    • Small, confined handwriting.
    • tiny cramped handwriting; a scribble; a scrawl.
  • verb:
    • To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
    • To live excessively on minor points.
    • To fidget, fiddle, be restless.
    • argue over petty things
    • stress needlessly or exceedingly
  • verb-transitive:
    • To trifle with; to deceive; to mock.
    • to utilize, spend, or do in a petty or trifling manner.
    • To elaborate exceedingly, as in art.
  • others:
    • To eat sparingly; nibble.
    • to behave in a mincing fashion; work in a finicking, fussy way.
    • To trifle; be used in trifling or petty carping.
    • To fret; complain of trifles.
    • . To attract aside unwillingly; press down or offer slyly.
    • to relax and play with contemptuously; make sport or game of; mock; deceive.
    • To fill with more than details; over-elaborate.

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