niggle Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb worry unnecessarily or excessively
    fuss; fret.
    • don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now
  2. verb argue over petty things
    squabble; pettifog; bicker; brabble; quibble.
    • Let's not quibble over pennies


Nig"gle transitive verb
Dim. of Prov. E. nig to clip money; cf. also Prov. E. nig a small piece.
imperfect & past participle Niggled ; present participle & verbal noun Niggling
  1. To trifle with; to deceive; to mock. Obs. Beau. & Fl.
Nig"gle transitive verb
  1. To trifle or play.
    Take heed, daughter, You niggle not with your conscience and religion. Massinger.
  2. To act or walk mincingly. Prov. Eng.
  3. To fret and snarl about trifles. Prov. Eng.

Webster 1913